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Bharati Tamang demands immediate arrest of 23 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJMM) leaders

Bharati Tamang widow of slain All India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang
Bharati Tamang, the widow of slain All India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang on Tuesday threatened to go on to fast till death, to demand immediate arrest of the 23 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders against whom a city court in Kolkata has issued a warrant of arrest.
AIGL general secretary Pratap Khati argued that there was an undue delay in execution of the arrest. “No stay order has been issued as yet against the warrant of arrest. So why is the CBI delaying in
making the arrest of the 23 accused,” he asked.
After the court issued the warrant of arrest, the AIGL leadership had expressed its gratitude the CBI for filing the charge sheet against the top rung GJM leaders in the Madan Tamang murder case.
On June 6, the city and session’s court in Kolkata directed the CBI to execute the arrest of the GJM leaders within June 26. This after the central agency had filed its final supplementary charge sheet in the court on May 29.
However, on Tuesday the slain AIGL leader’s widow expressing surprise in the delay in the arrest by the CBI said: “The court has directed the execution of the warrant of arrest. We do not why the CBI is delaying in making the arrest. Since there are no other options with us, we have decided to fast on to death”.
Nine GJM leaders have already filed for anticipatory bail in the high court on Monday. The bail plea has been made by Bimal Gurung, Roshan Giri, Binay Tamang, Colonel Ramesh Allay, P.T.Ola, Pradeep Pradhan, Asha Gurung, Urmila Rumba and Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri.
The AIGL has also written to the CBI director and joint director to apprise them about the delay. “We have written to the Central agency director demanding the accused to be arrested as soon as possible. We will give the CBI 24 hours’ time after they receive our letter that we posted today. After this we will go on a fast till death,” Khati said.
The AGIL leader also demanded the seizure of passports of the 23 GJM leaders. “Today we have also written to the passport office in Kolkata asking them to seize the passports of all the accused GJM leaders. There is always the possibility that they (accused) may try to escape
the arrest,” Khati said. Initially, the CID had been asked to probe the Madan Tamang murder case. The state agency had arrested primed accused Nicole Tamang, a GJM central committee leader on August 16, 2010. However, he managed to escape mysteriously from Pintail Village near Siliguri on August 22, 2010, while being interrogated by the sleuths. He remains untraceable. (EOIC)


Bharati Tamang writes to CBI seeking immediate arrest GJMM  leaders


Bharati Tamang, wife of former All India Gorkha League (AIGL) president, late Madan Tamang, and the present president of the AIGL, has sent a letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking the immediate arrest of the 23 Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM) leaders whose names have been mentioned in the CBI charge sheet on the Madan Tamang murder case.

In may be mentioned that the hill leader was hacked to death in broad daylight while addressing a public meet in Darjeeling on 21 May, 2010. According to some political leaders of the hill opposition parties, the hill leader was assassinated as he was quite vocal in protesting against the GJMM and the setting up of the GTA in the Darjeeling hills. Notably, the CBI has mentioned the names of 23 top leaders of the GJMM including chief, Bimal Gurung, who is also the head of the GTA in its charge-sheet relating to Madan Tamang’s murder. “I have sent a letter to the CBI today and appealed them to immediately arrest the GJMM leaders against whom the court has ordered arrest warrants.

There should be no delay in arresting them. In the letter, I’ve have also mentioned that they should not be allowed any anticipatory bail that they have appealed for," Ms Tamang said. She added: "If the accused are not arrested, we are thinking of going to the extent of fasting until death in protest." Ms Tamang said that although the court has issued arrest warrants against the 23 GJMM leaders, no one has been arrested yet.“This is a murder case and no one is above law. Justice has to be given," she said.

The general secretary of the AIGL, Pratap Khati, asked whether this letter has anything to do with the AIGL or the newly formed democratic front, he said, “This letter was sent to the CBI by Ms Bharati Tamang, as the widow of late Madan Tamang. She has also sent a letter to the passport officials in Kolkata appealing them to seize the passports of those accused in the murder.” When asked about the claim made by the GJMM that their leaders are a victim of political conspiracy and are innocent, Mrs Tamang said: “Then they should prove that they are innocent.”(sns)

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