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Since 1st March, 1999
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‘Absconder’ tag on Rynden

Darjeeling, Aug. 10: Darjeeling police today attached all household items of Lakpa Rynden, former education secretary of the DGHC and the prime accused in the multi-crore Sarva Siksha Abhiyan scam, after the district court accepted an application for warrant of arrest, proclamation and attachment.

With the court accepting the application for a warrant and issuing it, Rynden is now a proclaimed absconder in the eyes of the law and can be arrested by any police official across the country.

The order to the local Sadar (police station) to attach Rynden’s property was given by the court of the chief judicial magistrate. The police, however, could not attach the bureaucrat’s residence, Armadale, near Ava Art Gallery here, as the property belongs to his father, the late Pasang Bhutia.

Since none of the family members were present in the building, a part of which has been rented out, the room that Rynden had been occupying was broken into and items like TV, room-heaters, furniture, and even personal belongings like clothes, attached.

Judging from the articles seized, it is presumed that Rynden had removed most of the valuable items earlier. Many estimate that the value of the attached items does not amount to more than Rs 1 lakh.

Senior officials attached to the case maintained that the CID has already issued a “look-out” notice. This essentially means that all getaway points (like airports, docks) and major police stations have been alerted about Rynden.

Following the notice, the bureaucrat also features on the “most wanted” list of the CID’s official website

While the CID is still trying to find out Rynden’s whereabouts, a section of investigating officers believes that the former education secretary might have travelled to Nepal.

The All Gorkha Students’ Union has threatened to call a 24 hour general strike in the Darjeeling hills on August 28, if Rynden is not arrested within the 26th of this month.

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