Kolkata: The CBI on Thursday informed the
Calcutta High Court that Nicole Tamang, prime accused in the
murder of All India Gorkha League chief Madan Tamang, has fled
to Nepal after escaping from CID custody and steps were being
taken for a red-corner notice against him.
CBI counsel Himangshu Dey submitted a report before a
division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice
Asim Kumar Roy stating that it had credible information that
Tamang had fled to Nepal.
He said that at 7 am on March 11, Tamang was seen
crossing the Indo-Nepal border.
Interception of the mobile phones of Tamang`s
relatives also indicated that he was in Nepal, Dey submitted.
The CBI counsel said steps were being taken to issue a
red corner notice against him and Interpol has already been
The matter would be taken up for hearing again on July
21, when the CBI would have to file another progress report.
Madan Tamang was murdered in broad daylight on May 21
last year at Chowrasta in Darjeeling town where he was to
address a public meeting.
Nicole, a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha central committee
member, absconded after the murder and was arrested by the
CID on August 15 from a hideout at Bijonbari in Darjeeling.
He disappeared from CID custody in Pintail village
near Siliguri on August 21.
While the CID had claimed that Nicole had fled from
its custody, his wife Prema Tamang filed a petition in the
high court alleging foul play by the state investigating
agency and prayed for a CBI probe.
Prema had filed a habeous corpus petition in the HC
asking the police to produce her husband before the court.