5 held in Tamang murder case

The CBI today arrested five persons accused in the murder of former All-India Gorkha League president Madan Tamang. All five are senior leaders of the Yuva Morcha (youth wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) and occupy important positions in the organisation.

According to CBI sources, they were arrested from a taxi stand in front of the Darjeeling railway station at 5.05 am. They include Dinesh Gurung, former vice-chairman of the Darjeeling Municipality and a prominent Morcha leader; Alok Kanta Mani Thulung, president of the Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha; Puran Thami, former general secretary of the GJM Darjeeling subdivisional committee and a prominent youth leader; Kismet Chettri, president of the Gorkha Janmukti Vidhyarthi Morcha (GJVM student's wing); and Keshav Raj Pokhrel, general secretary of the GJVM.

The five were produced in court, which remanded them in judicial custody. "We need to interrogate them. We pleaded for police custody, but the court gave them judicial remand. We will again plead for police custody tomorrow," said a senior police official.

Although the CBI claimed it had picked up the five persons, it was learnt that the Morcha leaders surrendered before the CBI today. They were apparently directed to do so by the Morcha leadership.

On August 27, 2011, the CBI filed a supplementary chargesheet in connection with the case naming GJM youth leader Dipen Maley, who was arrested on May 25, 2011.

Madan Tamang was killed in broad daylight in the heart of Darjeeling on May 21, 2010.

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