Nicol Tamang yet to be traced, case registered

Last Updated: Monday, August 23, 2010 - 12:32

Siliguri: A case has been filed against
Nicol Tamang, the prime accused in the murder of All India
Gorkha League president Madan Tamang, after he escaped from
CID custody in Pintail village near here even as efforts were
on to trace him.

"Nicol is yet to be found. All police stations in
Darjeeling district have been alerted so that Nicol cannot
escape to Nepal," Darjeeling Superintendent of Police Devendra
Pratap Singh said.

He said CID officer Aniruddha Chatterjee and constable
Arabindo Kumbhokar, who were in charge of his
custody at a house used by the CID in Pintail village, have
been suspended.

A case has been filed against Nicol, a close aide of
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung and a central
committee member of the party, at the Pradhanagar police
station, he said.

Bharati Tamang, president of the All India Gorkha
League alleged that the escape of Nicol was a conspiracy by
the West Bengal government.

Bharati, who took over as the AIGL chief after
the killing of her husband, Madan Tamang, on May 21 in
Darjeeling town, alleged that the state government had a hand
in Nicol`s escape.

She said she had written to Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram in this regard.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri has alleged that the
police had tortured and killed Nicol in custody.

The GJM is observing a bandh since yesterday demanding
that Nicol be produced in court.

Nicol escaped on the pretext of going to the toilet.

He was arrested on August 15 from the Kazali Bustee,
47 km from Darjeeling town and had been kept at the
Pradhannagar police station.

He had been taken from the police station to Pintail
village by the CID for questioning when he escaped.

Nicol`s mobile phone had been found near the body of
Madan Tamang.


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First Published: Monday, August 23, 2010 - 12:32

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