Nicol Tamang, main accused in the murder of All India Gorkha League president Madan Tamang, escaped from CID custody in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, police said. Tamang was arrested on August 16 and kept in CID custody at Pintal village near Siliguri after he was produced in Darjeeling district court the next day, Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling, Debendra Pratap Singh said. Tamang escaped on the pretext of going to toilet this morning, he added.
Search operations had been launched to nab the fugitive, he said, adding nobody had been suspended in this connection as yet. Madan Tamang was murdered on May 21 while supervising arrangements for a meeting of the All India Gorkha League at Darjeeling town.