OPEN LETTER TO OUR GORKHA LEADER MRS BHARATI TAMANG
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TO: MRS BHARATI TAMANG
PRESIDENT OF THE AKHIL BHARATIYA GORKHA LEAGUE
Deep Condolences on the sad and untimely demise of your husband, Great Gorkha Leader Madan Tamang.
The “ALL BENGAL GORKHA LEAGUE” – as wrongly quoted by the Indian Express – that illegally gave the Phone Expose on the alleged behest of KL Tamta, therefore TOTALLY damaging the MT murder case – should urge you to think twice before empowering two leaders within your own party tainted by corruption and revenge …. to lobby against the greater GORKHA CAUSE of statehood.
I Hate to copy this item that I came across … but my objective is to make you, Mrs Bharati Tamang, aware that many of your subordinates who propped you up to be elected the president after the cruel and wrong murder of your late husband Sri Madan Tamang, are not people the Gorkha people look up to.
While your objectives may be pure, we the ordinary junta believe, theirs is not and their presence will not only damage your pure standing, but also your party’s image as well.
Please think of the greater “Gorkha Cause” before you embark on a journey of no return… and do stay away from becoming just another pawn and agent of Bengal.
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Kalimpong, Nov. 18, 2008,: Pratap Khati, the president of the ABGL’s youth wing, was today granted an interim bail by the assistant chief judicial magistrate’s court where he was produced a day after a Delhi police team arrested him in connection with a fraud case.
Granting him bail, the judge, S. Mondal, directed Khati to appear before the Delhi court, which had issued an arrest warrant against him, before November 25.
The youth leader, in his late thirties, was arrested on charges of cheating in which a Delhi-based placement agency, Real Service, is alleged to have duped eight persons from the hills of about “Rs 16 lakh”.
The victims are believed to have paid the money to the placement agency in 2003 through its Kalimpong franchisee, Global Placements, which was run by Khati, a lawyer. The franchisee is now closed.
Police said Khati was produced in court today by the crime branch of the Delhi police to secure a transit remand. “We are only providing logistical support to our colleagues from Delhi. We are no where in the picture in this case,” said an officer.
An officer of the four-member Delhi police team, refused comment. “We are not authorised to speak to the media,” he said.
Today, when Khati was brought to the court under police escort, a large crowd of people, including some of the victims of the fraud and their family members, had gathered on the premises.
They shouted slogans “Pratap Khati murdabad” (go down) and demanded that he be meted out exemplary punishment. Posters also appeared in the town in the name of Kalimpong Youths, urging lawyers not to take up Khati’s case.
Yesterday, the ABGL leader was questioned by the Delhi police team at the Kalimping police station. The case under section 420 of the IPC is over three years old.
In November 2006, a Delhi police team had visited the hill town in connection with the same case.
AIGL leader arrested for fraud
DARJEELING, Nov. 18: The Delhi police crime wing has arrested the All India Gorkha League leader Mr Pratap Khati on charges of fraud. He was granted interim bail by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Kalimpong today.
A lawyer by profession, Mr Khati was associated with an overseas recruitment company based in Delhi. He used to supervise recruitment in the north-eastern region before it closed a few years ago.
However, some clients of the company had registered a fraud case against Mr Khati in a Delhi court alleging that he had embezzled the money they had paid him. On failing to appear in the Delhi court despite several summons, a warrant was issued in his name following which, he was arrested yesterday.
Today, all members of the Kalimpong Bar Association backed him and his bail plea was moved by Mr D Adhikari and Mr Prem Pradhan. On hearing the submissions and reviewing the necessary documents, the ACJM granted him an interim bail against Rs 10,000.
We, the ordinary citizens of Darjeeling Disctrict, sincerely urge you to reconsider your links with your two subordinates – Dawa Sherpa and Pratap Khati – and their ‘will and determination’ to target the two top leaders of the GJM, in statements to the media and the mass public, while the “real culprits” remain absconding and hidden. The conspiracy goes much deeper.
Their activities only empower Bengal and will further corrupt the harmony within the Gorkha community.
A concerned Gorkha citizen