Vandals strike Madan memorial at murder site

The Telegraph
VIVEK CHHETRI

Darjeeling, Dec. 26: Unidentified hooligans have removed the portrait of Madan Tamang and the ABGL party flags from his memorial structure at Upper Clubside in Darjeeling.

The memorial was erected by Tamang’s family members at the site where the former ABGL chief had been hacked to death hours before he was to address a public meeting on May 21.

The vandalism was noticed this morning. The photograph of Tamang was missing and eight of the 11 flags surrounding the plinth were found uprooted. The flags had been planted at the spot ahead of the meeting on the fateful day.

The ABGL has refrained from blaming any political party for the incident.

“We will immediately write to the chief minister and the Union home minister regarding the incident. We believe the act has been the handiwork of those who oppose our party,” said Laxman Pradhan, the general secretary of the ABGL’s Darjeeling district committee, without naming any political outfit.

The hill leader’s assassination has been blamed on the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, names of whose 30 members figure in the chargesheet filed by the CID in a Darjeeling court

“If police do not take any action and immediately arrest the miscreants involved in the incident, the ABGL will take appropriate steps,” said Pradhan, without elaborating the party’s plan.

The police have started an investigation.

“The ABGL has filed a complaint with us, saying unknown miscreants removed party flags and took off Tamang’s picture from the memorial. We are investigating the incident,” said a police officer.

The ABGL is planning to put up a statue of Tamang at the memorial. “The statue is being made and it will be placed on the memorial soon,” said Pradhan.

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