NICOLE TAMANG ESCAPE INVESTIGATION: State silence on Pahari baffles Hills – and that Kanojia may arrive to sabre rattle some more ?!!
From The Indian Express
By Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
Kolkata, Fri Aug 27 2010, 05:16 hrs (ENS): The state government’s inaction against Ardhendu Shekhar Pahari – investigating officer in the case of Nicole Tamang, who escaped from the custody of the CID of the state police on August 21 (¿) has Darjeeling in a tizzy.
A sub-inspector and a constable have been suspended for their negligence but no action has been taken against Paharai — who was heading the team guarding Nicole.
The All India Gorkha League had already alleged that Nicole was allowed to flee as the state reached an understanding with the GJM after it dropped its demands to include Dooars and Terai in the proposed hill council.
“The theory sounds ridiculous,” said a senior official of the state police. “But one thing is baffling. Nicole’s escape was facilitated and Pahari could have a role in that. He was responsible for a serious lapse. It’s intriguing that no action has been taken against him.”
Home Secretary Samar Ghosh said they were waiting for a CID report before taking any action. “Our IG, CID Neeraj Narayan Pandey and ADG, CID Raj Kanojia have gone there. We will take action on the basis of their report,” Ghosh told The Indian Express.
Kanojia and Pandey met officials at Siliguri to take stock of the efforts to trace Nicole.
“During interrogation, Nicole mentioned the names of 10-12 people and we are checking on them. We are hopeful that Tamang will be re-arrested soon,” Kanojia said.
The GJM, which called an indefinite bandh following Nicole’s escape — and later gave two-day breather on August 25 and August 26 — extended it to August 30.
Nicole is supposed to be produced in court that day and the chargesheet against him is to be filed. “Unless Nicole is produced by then, we will go for an indefinite bandh,” said Morcha spokesman Benoy Tamang.
The Centre, meanwhile, is sending two companies of CRPF to Darjeeling following a letter from state chief secretary Ardhendu Sen to Union home secretary GK Pillai early this week. Sen wrote the letter following the withdrawal of three companies of CRPF from Darjeeling.
Nicole Tamang’s escape a setback: Asok Bhattacharya – to suppress the legitimate demands for separation from Bengal ?!!
From The Times of India
By Subhro Niyogi
KOLKATA, Aug 24, 2010, 07.52pm IST, (TNN): Siliguri MLA and urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya has termed the escape of GJM activist Nicole Tamang, the prime suspect in the Madan Tamang murder case, a major setback.
“The situation in the Hills had improved somewhat following the arrest. There was widespread outcry against the murder of Madan Tamang and people had demanded justice. Nicole Tamang’s arrest was a crucial breakthrough. His escape is a major setback,” Bhattacharya said, adding that a probe would nail all responsible for either complicity or negligence in the case.
“Key figures in Madan Tamang murder case to be exposed soon” Kanojia – by massive CRPF raids akin to 1986 ?!!
From The Himalayan Beacon
By HB Siliguri Correspondent
Siliguri, August 27, 2010: CID Additional Director General of Police Raj Kanojia has claimed that the key figures in the Madan Tamang murder case will be soon exposed and the CID would make high profile arrests in the coming days.
Speaking to the media here, Kanojia said, “Before escaping Nickole Tamang had divulged a great deal of information in the murder of Madan Tamang. Based on that we will be acting soon and making some high profile arrests.”
When inquired as to why Nickole Tamang had been kept at Pintail Village, Kanojia said that there was nothing wrong in doing so.
He also refuted the claim that Tamang could have crossed over to Neapl. It might be reminded that Darjeeling. Superintendent of Police Devendra Singh had earlier refuted the claim. Kanojia said that the CID team was being strengthened and a number of new officials were slated to join the old team.
He said, “I am hopeful that Nickole Tamang will be arrested soon. I have had a meeting with all the high ranking police officials in the Hills and they have filled me in with the present status of the investigation. I am satisfied with the same.”