Kolkata: The Congress today criticised
the West Bengal government for the escape of Nicol Tamang, the
prime accused in the murder of the top Gorkha leader Madan
Tamang, from Pintail village near Siliguri.
"How could Nicol, a central committee member of the
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, escape from CID custody in the
presence of hundreds of policemen?" WBPCC chief Manas Bhunia
He wondered if Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
will continue to rely on the CID for the investigation into
Madan Tamang`s killing in Darjeeling on May 21 after Nicole`s
escape on Aug 22 and demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing
of the Gorkha leader.
"Madan Tamang`s wife Bharati came to us sought our
assistance," he said.
Bhunia said that the Inspector General of Police,
North Bengal, should be show-caused and the district police
chief transferred for Nicol`s escape.
He also announced the formation of a co-ordination
committee by a former bureaucrat Sukhvilas Verma for a study
of the situation in Darjeeling district and adjoining areas in
"Members of the committee will talk to the people of
Darjeeling and also the Adivasi Vikas Parishad in the
adjoining Dooars and Terai in North Bengal. It will submit its
report within one-and-a-half months," he said.