NICOLE TAMANG ESCAPE INVESTIGATION: Rs 50,000 reward announced for Nicol Tamang information – criminalising Nicole before trial for CID incompetence ?!!
FROM THE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA STAFF WRITER
Siliguri/Kolkata, Aug 24, 2010, 20:55 HRS IST (PTI): West Bengal Police today announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for any information about the whereabouts of Nicol Tamang, prime accused in the Madan Tamang murder case who is absconding after escaping from CID custody on Sunday.
“We have announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to anyone who gives information about Tamang leading to his arrest,” CID ADG Raj Kanojia told PTI in Kolkata.
All police stations in north Bengal have been alerted and houses at Pintail village in Siliguri from where Nicol escaped were searched, Darjeeling SP Devendra Pratap Singh said in Siliguri.
“We have left no stone unturned, but Nicol has not been found,” Singh said.
West Bengal Home secretary Samar Ghosh said that CID IG Neeraj Nayan would leave for Darjeeling tomorrow to join the team of investigators there.
Nicole info reward – mouth watering for the anti-Gorkhaland proponents ?!!
From The Statesman
KOLKATA/DARJEELING, 24 AUG: The CID today announced a Rs 50,000 award for anyone providing information about Nicole Tamang, who escaped from its custody at Pintail Village near Siliguri on 22 August.
Nicole is the prime accused in the 21 May assassination of AIGL chief Madan Tamang in Darjeeling.
The home secretary said the IG (CID) will probe the incident of Nicol Tamang’s escape from custody. Meanwhile, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today relaxed its indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills. sns
Nicol Tamang traceless – embarrassment for Bengal ?!!
From The Press Trust Of India
Siliguri, August 24, 2010 13:01: There was no trace of Nicol Tamang, prime accused in the murder of All India Gorkha League president Madan Tamang, after his escape from CID custody from Pintail village, near Siliguri on Sunday. “We have left no stone unturned. All police stations have been alerted. Houses at Pintail village have
been checked, but Nicol has not been found,” Darjeeling SP Devendra Pratap Singh told PTI today.
CID sources said that the inspector-in-charge of the case, Ardhendu Sekhar Pahari, was removed and departmental proceedings were being drawn up against him for the escape of Nicol, a close aide of GJM president Bimal Gurung and a central committee member of the party.
The sources said that Nicol had told Pahari that he will give him full details of the May 21 murder on August 22. Following this Nicole was taken to the house in Pintail village from the lockup at the Pradhanagar police station.
Nicole, who was not handcuffed, escaped on the pretext of going to the toilet, the sources said.
CID officer Aniruddha Chatterjee and constable, Arabindo Kumbhokar, who were in charge of his custody were suspended yesterday.
Meanwhile, a Gorkha Jan Mukti delegation led by its General Secretary Roshan Giri met District Magistrate Surendra Gupta to state that All India Gorkha League president Bharati Tamang, the widow of Madan Tamang, who was currently in Delhi, would not be allowed to enter the Darjeeling hills.
Central force & promise for hill peace – CRPF to calm if fury follows Nickole slip – or geared for more raids and midnight knocks ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH BUREAU
Aug. 24: The state government is rushing three companies of CRPF to the Darjeeling hills fearing a fresh outbreak of violence following the disappearance of Nickole Tamang from CID custody.
The Darjeeling district administration has assured the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha that no physical harm has come to Nickole and that he will be traced soon, but with extensive searches over the last two days yielding no results, the police are unsure about when he will be found.
“The state government is leaving no stone unturned toensure peace in the hills,” a district official said. “This is why the three companies of paramilitary forces which had been shifted to Jammu and Kashmir on August 20 will be replaced.”
The Morcha has voiced fears that Nickole, a prime suspect in the Madan Tamang murder case who had been taken into custody by the CID, may have come to harm during police interrogation since he is a diabetic and is hypertensive. The party has voiced apprehensions that the “escape theory” was hatched by the police to cover it up.
“Nickole may not have been able to bear the tough interrogation by the police, given his fragile health,” Harka Bahadur Chhetri, the media and publicity secretary of the Morcha, said today. “They are now making up these stories.”
Nickole is a central committee member of the Morcha and is known to be close to party chief Bimal Gurung.
“We fear that if we are unable to produce Nickole Tamang soon, the Morcha may get restive and fresh violence may break out in the hills,” an officer said. “For the time being, we have assured them that Tamang has escaped, but if we are unable to recapture him soon then they may start doubting us.”
Today, the district police carried out searches near Pintail Village from where Nickole allegedly escaped on Sunday morning, as well as in Sukna and Matigara.
“Nickole may have initially taken shelter in Morcha strongholds near Pintail village, but it now appears that he has moved away, maybe to Nepal, about 45km from here,” a police officer said in Siliguri.
Darjeeling police chief D.P. Singh said the CID has announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information on Nickole leading to his arrest (see below).
State home secretary Samar Ghosh today said P. Nirajnayan, inspector general, CID, would visit Siliguri tomorrow to supervise the search operations and also investigate Nickole’s disappearance. The government is keen to know why a Darjeeling district police escort team meant to guard Nickole was sent back while the accused stayed overnight at cottage 29 in Pintail. The CID has come under scanner for flouting a government rule that says those in police remand has to be kept at the lock-up at night.
Cash for catch – enough to come out with unbiased anti-Bengal truth ?!!
Reward amount: Rs 50,000
To be given by: CID
For: Any information leading to Nickole’s arrest
Contact numbers: 03324506100, 9433295531, 9433352094, 9733008001