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Hunt plea yet to reach Sikkim

Gangtok, May 25: Bengal police have not yet asked their Sikkim counterparts for a joint raid to catch the murderers of Madan Tamang despite the inspector-general of police (north Bengal) claimed that the accused persons behind the ABGL leader’s killing might have fled to the hill state.

“No formal request has come to my office as of now,” said S.D. Negi, the inspector-general (law and order) of Sikkim police, when asked whether the Bengal police have sought assistance from them. “As and when West Bengal police come up with specific requests with details and proper documentation, we will extend all legal assistance as per CrPC,” he added.

Contacted in Siliguri, the IGP (north Bengal), K.L. Tamta, however, stuck to his stand. “Not everything was done in writing,” he said. “I personally called up the director-general of the Sikkim police and sought cooperation. We are in constant touch with the Sikkim police and they are extending all help.”

Negi denied reports that searches had been conducted by the Bengal police in Sikkim.

In the evening, various NGOs along with local intelligentsia took out a candle light rally praying for peace in the hills.

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