The CBI has indicted the entire top leadership of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the ruling party in Darjeeling, for the murder of All India Gorkha League (AIGL) president Madan Tamang. The agency, which has been probing the murder since 2011, filed the final supplementary chargesheet in the case at a Kolkata civil court on Friday.
GJM president and chief of Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA), Bimal Gurung, and Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri — who have been charged with “criminal conspiracy for murder” — are among the nine top leaders named in the chargesheet.
Apart from Gurung and Giri, the chargesheet names GJM women’s wing chief and Gurung’s wife Asha Gurung, GTA chairman Pradip Pradhan, Morcha vice-president Benoy Tamang, MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri, GTA deputy chief executive Ramesh Alley and Gurung’s two close associates — Dinesh Theeng and Devendra Sharma. Fourteen other Morcha members have also been charged.
Significantly, Bimal Gurung, Asha Gurung and Roshan Giri were also named in the FIR lodged by Bharti Tamang — Madan Tamang’s wife after his murder on May 21, 2010.
In all, CBI has chargesheeted 51 Morcha members in the case. While top leaders including Bimal Gurung, Roshan Giri, Benoy Tamang, Harkabahadur Chhetri, Pradip Pradhan and Ramesh Alley have been charged under Section 120b (criminal conspiracy), 302 ( murder), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 150 (hiring or conniving at hiring of persons to join unlawful assembly) of the IPC, Asha Gurung and 14 others have been charged for murder, rioting and for being armed with deadly weapon.
Following Tamang’s murder in 2010, the state CID had filed a chargesheet on August 30 — the same year — in the Darjeeling court, but dropped the names of certain main accused named in the FIR. While 30 people were named in the chargesheet, only eight were arrested. Later, Tamang’s family moved the Calcutta High Court seeking a CBI probe. Following this, the state government decided to hand over the case to CBI in the third week of November, 2011. By this time, CID had already filed its chargesheet in the Darjeeling court.
When contacted, Bharti Tamang, said: “I have been fighting for justice for five years. I will get justice only when the culprits are thrown behind bars.”
“The CBI has also submitted a report to the Supreme Court stating that they have filed a chargesheet. The court will decide the next course of action,” her lawyer, Prakash Khati, added.
The CBI chargesheeting top GJM leadership is set to question Morcha’s electoral alliance with BJP in the hills. The BJP, with backing from GJM, had won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in 2014.