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Madan Tamang case: Gurung seeks legal advice from Delhi, Kolkata

GJM has sent teams to Delhi and Kolkata to seek legal advice after its leaders had been named in the Madan Tamang murder case.

kolkata Updated: Jun 01, 2015 09:46 IST
Amitava Banerjee
Amitava Banerjee
Hindustan Times

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM) has rushed teams to Delhi and Kolkata to meet legal experts. The move comes after the names of front rung GJM leaders appeared in the final chargesheet filed by CBI in the Madan Tamang murder case. The GJM will also be holding a public meeting in Darjeeling on June 7.

While Darjeeling MLA Trilok Dewan, chairman of Darjeeling municipality Amar Singh Rai, MLA of Kurseong Rohit Sharma and chairman of Kurseong Municipality Samirdeep Blone rushed to Delhi, legal cell members Tilak Chand Roka and PT Ola are camping in Kolkata.

Though the GJM preferred to remain tight-lipped on the Kolkata and Delhi trips, party insiders claim that the teams are meeting legal experts. The immediate step would be to try and secure anticipatory bail.

“The law will take its own course. We have full faith in the legal system. We will adhere to whatever the court orders. In this situation, our appeal to the public is to maintain peace,” stated Binay Tamang, assistant general secretary of GJM. Tamang was addressing a press meet at Jamuney, 16 km from Darjeeling.

Stating that all named in the CID and CBI chargesheets are innocent, he appealed for proper investigation. “Such a situation arose at the time when we were on the helm of achieving Gorkhaland. We will have to face the situation,” claimed Binay, hinting at a conspiracy.

The GJM has called a public meeting on June 7. “All those who support the Gorkhaland demand will be there from Terai and Dooars along with our 20 frontal organisations,” he stated. The public meeting will be held at the Motor Stand in Darjeeling.

Though Tamang did not divulge the issues that would feature in the rally, political observers feel that it would be a show of strength by the GJM. The GJM would try to send a message to the government that the party enjoys total public support in the Hills.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist(CPRM), a pro-Gorkhaland outfit of the Hills, demanded in a public meeting that all involved in the Madan Tamang murder case have to be brought to book immediately.

“If India is a country which believes in ‘Satyameva Jayatey’ (May truth triumph) then the murderers of Madan have to be arrested,” demanded Arun Ghatani, Youth leader, CPRM.

The CPRM has adopted a resolution which states that the party harbours full faith in the legal system and the judiciary of the country and that all involved in the murder should be punished immediately. The law should take its own course and not be politically influenced. The resolution, however, states that the public should not be harassed in the name of investigation.

Madan was hacked to death in broad daylight on May 21, 2010 at the Upper Clubside in Darjeeling around 9:30 am while overseeing preparations for a public meeting.

The CBI, investigating the murder case, had filed the final supplementary chargesheet in a CBI court in Kolkata on Friday. GJM President Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha Gurung, who heads the women’s wing of the GJM, and several other GJM members face charges of murder, criminal conspiracy and rioting with deadly weapons. Bimal Gurung is also the chief of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration(GTA).

Among some of the others named are GJM general secretary Roshan Giri and vice-president Ramesh Allay. Earlier, 31 people had been named in this case.

First Published: Jun 01, 2015 09:20 IST