Two held on murder charge

The Telegraph

Darjeeling, April 26: Two persons have been arrested for the murder of a GNLF sympathiser last week, the killing that had prompted about 250 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters in a tea garden to announce their resignations from the party and remove the outfit’s flags from their rooftops.

Kunal Aggrawal, the additional superintendent of police of Darjeeling, today said: “Binod Rai, 42, and Dev Prakash, 43, were caught in Liza hill last evening.”

The chief judicial magistrate’s court here has remanded them in jail custody for 14 days.

Pushpa Jung Thapa, 55, had been murdered on April 22 at Sallabari while he was on his way home at the 86 Division Lamadhura of the Chungtung tea garden. Liza hill, about 30km from here, is near the garden.

Pushpa had been arrested in 2008 for the his alleged involvement in the death of Morcha activist Pramila Sharma that unleashed a series of attacks on GNLF leaders.

Hijjan Thapa, Pushpa’s brother and the president of the Morcha’s trade union in Chungtung, said: “The entire Morcha leadership from 86 Division has resigned and we have decided not to join any political party until justice is delivered. This is a crime against humanity


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