BREAKING NEWS FROM CID: Police find ‘proof’ of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha hand in Tamang murder – enough evidence to destroy the ‘Gorkha Cause’ by proxy ?!!
By Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Kolkata, Friday, May 28, 2010 1:48 IST : West Bengal CID has reportedly found concrete evidence of direct involvement of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders in the assassination of Madan Tamang.
The head of the All India Gorkha League was murdered in broad daylight in Darjeeling last Friday.
The most important of the clues is a 2.37-minute video purportedly showing the murder filmed by a French tourist from his hotel window on his mobile phone.
CID sleuths are examining the authenticity of the video, which has been posted on YouTube under the title ‘Madan Taman meurtre [killing] Darjeeling’.
Highly placed CID sources told DNA the video posted a day after the killing shows a man clad in a yellow jacket and carrying a patang (Sikkimese sword) running to the site where Tamang was lying in a pool of blood.
“The video shows the man with the patang looking at Tamang for a few moments and then rushing away after nearly colliding with another man. It appears that the man ran to the spot to be sure Tamang was dead,” a CID officer said.
The man has been identified as Kayla, a GJM youth leader with a notorious criminal record, including murder.
“We have also got specific clues that immediately after the killing, he [Kayla] called up top GJM leaders,” a CID source. Kayla is missing and police apprehend he is in Sikkim.
A resident of a village on the Darjeeling-Sikkim border, he is among the top contract killers in the region.
CID sources said Kayla caught the attention of the GJM leadership within a short period. “His emergence as a youth leader was mainly due to the patronage he received from GJM central committee member Nicole Tamang. We have sought details of the latest conversations between the two from mobile service providers,” a source said.
CID has filed a case under section 302 (murder) against Nicole and five others. All of them are missing.
(Looks like Bengal wants ‘trial by media’ … FIRST … to derail the greater ‘Gorkha Cause’ before apprehending the actual culprits involved in the henious murder of Madan Tamang. Is this the right and conscientious approach ?!! – Editor)
Gurung guns for ‘murderer’ govt
FROM THE STATESMAN
BY SABYASACHI ROY
27 May 2010 : For hours on Thursday, Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM) president Mr Bimal Gurung was holed up in the Darjeeling Gymkhana Club in a series of meetings; first with his party’s central committee and then with various block presidents of his party to take stock of the turbulent situation in the Hills following All India Gurkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang’s murder.
Emerging from these meetings, he spoke to The Statesman’s SABYASACHI ROY in a freewheeling interview. Excerpts:
Q How do you react to being accused of Madan Tamang’s murder?
A: I have been charged with his killing by the state government, whom we do not believe. So we are not taking it seriously. Do they have any evidence of my involvement? Let them prove it first, though I know they can manufacture evidence. They are very good at that.
Q Whom do you suspect killed Madan Tamang and why?
A: We strongly suspect the hand of the Buddha administration behind the killing. They are keeping an eye on the 2011 Assembly election so that the Left Front can try to make a comeback in North Bengal riding the plank of Tamang’s killing. The security arrangement provided to Tamang had so many lapses… it could not have been that these gaping holes in his security were overlooked…. the murder was designed to create chaos in the Hills and derail the statehood movement.
Q But how can the Left Front win an Assembly election riding the wave of protests in North Bengal over Tamang’s murder?
A: Miss Mamata Banerjee has taken over the popularity and programmes of the Left Front. So the Marxists are trying to raise emotions over the Tamang killing by saying the Trinamul is hand-in-glove with the GJMM to divide the state. This campaign, they believe, may help them back to power.
Q What if GJMM activists are found to be involved in the murder?
A: Let’s wait for the findings of the CBI (as demanded by Madan Tamang’s widow) and not depend on any report of the CID, which is state government-controlled. I suspect it is to erase evidence of the crime and to delay the investigation that a CBI inquiry has still not been ordered… Surely the state government will concede the CBI is better equipped to probe the murder than the CID?
Q But what if a proposed CBI probe finds GJMM men were involved?
A: Let us not cross the bridge before it comes.
Q After Tamang’s murder many of your senior leaders resigned. Why? And then what made them return?
A: They were forced to (quit) by a section of people (who misinformed them about the murder and who was responsible) over the telephone in the hours after the murder. They misunderstood and resigned. But when the true facts came to light they rejoined the party.
Q Are you saying the CPI-M is using the AIGL against you?
A: Absolutely! The AIGL is being used against us to destroy our movement. During the last tripartite meeting, we had staged a walkout, so the CPI-M has no alternative left but to divide the Hill people and make them fight against each (other) … (turn to page 2: The Statesman 28 May 2010)