Funeral Procession of Madan Tamang – Long may Democracy Live !!!
From Darjeeling Times
Forwarded by Lazy Daisy
Darjeeling, May 23: The place one time considered heavenly situate, may have gone bad to worst its social, economical and political standing, however, time to time we have witnessed people of Darjeeling endeavouring for social changes.
The loss of Madan Tamang, certainly stimulated the people of Darjeeling towards social and political reform, which clearly indicated during the time of funeral procession of Madan Tamang which took place in Darjeeling today.
Photos by Rabin Rai:
Lazy Daisy adds …
THINK DARJEELING THINK !!!
Are we back … to … 1985, or … back to … 2007 ???
Can we, in Darjeeling, now turn to Mamata Banerjee after the 30th of May 2010, after she wins the Municipality Elections – Hands Down ???
Do we not wait for a thorough ‘investigation’ ???
And have ‘irrefutable proof’ … before we vent our anger ???
Do we really ‘enjoy’ the “Crowd Lynching” and wild baying for “Yet More Blood” ???
Slain Gorkhaland leader laid to rest
DARJEELING, MAY 24: The last rites of Madan Tamang, President of Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League (ABGL), were performed at his ancestral home in Meghma, India on Monday, four days after his murder.
Thousands of people gathered at ABGL central office and Chaurastha to participate in Tamang’s funeral procession, which started from his residence in Gandhi Road.
People from various walks of life including Sikkim Central University Vice Chancellor Dr. Mahenrapi Lama, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) central General Secretary Sukhman Moktan, Gorkha leaders RB Rai and Daba Sherpa took part in the funeral procession.
Following the Tamang’s murder, Darjeeling has voluntarily come to a virtual stand still since Friday.
Meanwhile, BGP central General Secretary Moktan asked the West Bengal state government to put a ban on the GLP, the youth front of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) that has been accused of killing Tamang.
Talking to mediapersons, Moktan claimed that the GLP murdered Tamang. “The GLP has instigated violence therefore it should be immediately banned,” said Moktan.
Tamang was stabbed to death by unidentified assailants in Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal on Friday. The attack is alleged to have been carried out by GJM supporters who have long been struggling for a separate Gorkhaland state.
GJM Chief, however, on Sunday said the Maoists of Nepal were behind the killing of Tamang.
Thousands join Tamang’s last journey, CID probe ordered – why not CBI also, enough time to mess with evidence ?!!
FROM Indo-Asian News Service
Darjeeling, May 24, 2010: Braving rains, nearly 15,000 people took part in the last journey of slain Gorkha leader Madan Tamang raising slogans against the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and tearing its banners and posters in West Bengal’s Darjeeling town Monday.
The GJM, which has been blamed for its alleged involvement in the killing of its political opponent and Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League chief, also faced desertion from its ranks as several members of the central committee resigned.
Some intellectuals, who had so long formed a part of the GJM think tank, snapped ties with the outfit which has been in the forefront of the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state to be carved out of parts of northern West Bengal.
Meanwhile, the state government has ordered a probe by the state police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) into the veteran leader’s murder, said Special Inspector General of Police (Darjeeling Range) N. Ramesh Babu.
A CID team headed by Special Inspector General of Police P.K. Dutta is already in Darjeeling district for preliminary investigation.
Thousands of people joined the funeral procession of Tamang, who was brutally stabbed to death in broad daylight in Darjeeling town Friday as he was preparing for a party meeting.
The flower-bedecked hearse meandered through the streets of the hill tourist resort Monday as the number of mourners swelled every minute amidst tight security arrangements made by police.
‘Madan Tamang Amar Rahe’, shouted the mourners who comprised not only his followers but also men and women cutting across political, social, economic and age barriers.
Angry men and women pulled down posters and banners of the GJM put up on the streets of the town as Darjeeling witnessed one of the largest funeral processions in its history.
Anticipating the public fury against it, the GJM Sunday gave a call for a 12-hour business shutdown in Darjeeling town Monday to assuage the feelings of the people.
The body, brought out from Tamang’s sprawling house on Gandhi Road in the morning, was first taken to the ABGL office near the club side where hundreds of tearful party workers paid their last respects.
It was then carried to Chawkbazar, the hub of the town, as commoners, intellectuals and academicians laid wreaths on the body.
The body has now been taken to Tamang’s ancestral house at Meghma in the Sukhya Pokhri police station jurisdiction for the last rites according to Buddhist customs.
The police have filed first information reports (FIRs) against 13 GJM leaders and activists, including party chief Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri, in connection with Tamang’s murder near the Planters’ Club, but the party has vehemently denied its involvement.
Already, Gorkha Janmukti Hotel Owners’ Association secretary Sangey Bhutiya has been arrested for his involvement in the attack on a hotel owned by the anti-GJM Democratic Front (DF) convenor Dawa Sherpa. Tamang was one of the founders of the recently floated DF which comprises various hill parties.
A day after GJM advisory council member Anmol Prasad resigned from the Morcha over allegations of its involvement in Tamang’s murder, five prominent central committee members – C.R. Rai, Bhoujit Tamang, Palden Lama, Narayan Thapa and C.K. Subba – also quit the party Monday.
Three others who were members of the GJM think tank and regular participants in its parleys with the central and state governments – Tilak Dewan, L.B. Parihar and Amar Rai – also severed links with the party, rendering a severe setback to ghe GJM.
Political observers said since 1986, when the movement demanding a Gorkhaland state out of parts of North Bengal began, the hills have never witnessed such intensity of protests over a leader’s death.
Huge procession turns out at Tamang’s funeral
FROM THE HINDU
Siliguri, May 24, 2010 (PTI): Thousands of people in Darjeeling on Monday poured onto the streets braving rain to join the silent funeral procession of slain All India Gorkha League (AIGL) president Madan Tamang, sending out a clear signal of rejection to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
The procession was taken out from Rhododendron-del, the residence of Tamang, at around 10 am.
The body was first taken to the AIGL party office at Laden-la road in Darjeeling and then, proceeded via Manebhanjan to Tamang’s native village, Meghma, 30 km away from Darjeeling town, where the cremation would take place.
People from all walks of life, including teachers and school students, joined leaders and workers of the Democratic Front, the anti-GJM eight party combine which includes CPRM, AIGL, Congress and BJP, to pay their last respect to the leader, who has been called as “the first martyr for democracy in Darjeeling hills.”
The silence was punctuated by slogans against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung and General Secretary Roshan Giri.
Adequate police arrangement was made to help maintain peace and law and order.
Inspector General of Police (North Bengal), K.L. Tamta, who is now camping in Darjeeling, told PTI that the people had spontaneously kept their shops and business establishments closed for the third day today as a mark of grief for the departed leader.
The GJM had also called a four-hour bandh to pay respect to Tamang today.