Gorkha Leader Madan Tamang Killed
Posted by completenepal on May 21, 2010
Darjeeling, May 21, 2010 (11:00 AM): In what came as a total shock and surprise to all in Darjeeling and to the nation, the All India Gorkha League (AIGL) President, Madan Tamang was mortally attacked, this morning by unknown persons wielding sharp weapons and Khukuris.
As Madan Tamang and his colleagues were getting ready to speak at the open air Clubside meeting, just below Chowrasta in front of Keventers, a shower of stones (brick-bats) were thrown at the meeting from behind the audience. In the ensuing confusion, a group of unknown men with Khukuris and other sharp weapons rushed to the dais area and struck Madan Tamang, among others.
In the ensuing clash a number of bystanders and people in transit were also injured. Most of the injured received wounds from sharp weapons including Khukuris, the traditional Gorkha weapon.
The police, present at the scene, immediately fired 5 rounds into the air tear to quell the violence.
A seriously wounded Madan Tamang was then rushed to Planters’ Hospital just past Chowrasta near Gymkhana Club, but due to lack of proper facilities there, he was then immediately recommended to be shifted to the Darjeeling District Hospital a few hundred meters below on advice from the Doctor present there.
According to a reliable source at the Darjeeling District Hospital, Madan Tamang was declared dead on arrival. His head was literally detached from his body, the source reported.
Madan Tamang was not, however, being transferred to Siliguri as reported by NDTV.
The AIGL had earlier planned to organize a meeting at Chowk Bazaar, Darjeeling to mark its Foundation Day of the party. However, due to rallies by the Naari Morcha and opposition from other supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the All India Gorkha League had instead chosen to meet at the Clubside venue in the upper parts of Darjeeling town.
With such an out-rightly shocking attack in broad daylight, all eyes and suspicions are currently automatically turned upon the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and its supporters at such a politically delicate and sensitive time.
The Governor MK Narayanan recently (on May 18, 2010) met a United Forum team led by Madan Tamang, followed by yet another 21 member team led by GJM a day later (19th May 2010). The two had been bitter rivals on the ‘Ways and Means’ towards their joint objective of ‘Statehood of Gorkhaland’.
GJM Secretary, Roshan Giri, speaking to NDTV, immediately after the incident denied any involvement of his party in the incident and vehemently condemned the attack.
“This goes totally against our Gandhian principles,” he said and added “now it will be upto the Administration and the Police to find out who is actually behind this shocking incident.”
When asked how this would affect his Party’s standing and the upcoming dialogue, “to continue the talks” which the Governor, MK Narayanan, who is still in Darjeeling, had requested, Mr Giri told NDTV over the phone that, “The GJM is following the Gandhi-badhi Path and we do not yet know who is behind such an incident.”
The GJM was earlier scheduled to hold its 2nd Political Level meeting in Delhi on the 25th of May 2010, but that was seemingly suspended after the GJM delegation walked out of the earlier talks in Delhi on the 11th of May 2010, when the West Bengal Secretarial Level delegation arrived in Delhi without a mandate to discuss the crucial “demarcation of territory” issue.
Source: The Himalayan Beacon