MADAN TAMANG MURDER INVESTIGATION: Madan murder over to CBI soon – Bengal satisfied that tampering with evidence finally complete, no loose ends left to indicate CPM mole compliance, objective of disunity in this hills achieved ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH BUREAU
Dec. 6: The Bengal government is set to hand over the Madan Tamang murder case to the CBI with the Criminal Investigation Department, a state agency, sending its no-objection letter to the home department today.
The department had asked for the CID opinion when it was decided that the charge of the probe would be handed over to the central agency.
Additional director general of police, CID, Raj Kanojia, replied to the government query saying the agency had no objection.
“This is routine protocol that has to be followed in such cases. We give a no objection letter because we will have to share all the findings that CID has made so far with the CBI,” said a CID source.
In Darjeeling, Dawa Sherpa, the working president of the ABGL, welcomed the government’s decision to hand over the Tamang murder case to the CBI.
“We welcome the decision as the demand for a CBI probe was a popular demand. We had repeatedly pressed for a CBI inquiry and even the Morcha had made a similar request in the past,” said Sherpa.
On the very day Tamang was murdered, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung had told The Telegraph that he wanted a CBI inquiry into the incident.
In fact, Gurung had iterated the same demand at various public meetings after the May 21 murder.
Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri spoke on similar lines today.
“Our stand is clear from the statements we have issued in the past,” he said today.
The demand for a CBI inquiry got stronger in the hills especially after the prime accused in the murder, Nickole Tamang, fled from CID custody on August 16. His escape to an extent tarnished the credibility of the state investigating agency.
The CID has already filed a chargesheet in the chief judicial magistrate’s court in Darjeeling in which 30 Morcha supporters have been named.
So far, eight people have been arrested.
This is however not the first time that the CBI is investigating a case, considered a political murder. In the past, it had probed the murder of C.K. Pradhan, a GNLF strongman from Kalimpong.
Pradhan was shot dead on Mintri Road (facts slightly wrong here too ?!!) in Kalimpong on October 3, 2002. The CBI is yet to crack the case.