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Monday, August 16, 2010

Tamang murderer Nicole Tamang Arrested.. martins and bear attacks...timber of 1 lakh seized..

KalimNews, 05.00pm: Tamang murder accused Nicole Tamang was produced before the Darjeeling District Court and granted judicial custody for 15 days.  He will be produced before the court on 30th August. Meanwhile ABGL supporters demonstrated before the Darjeeling court demanding death sentence of the arrested and further arrest of other accused and blocked the streets of Darjeeling. The Darjeeling SP told the demonstrators that others in the list will be arrested soon. GJMM leaders didnot respond when contacted for comments regarding the arrest.
KalimNews (KALIMPONG NEWS):8.30am: Nicole Tamang one of the 6 prime accused in the Madan Tamang murder was arrested by CID last night. With the help of the Darjeeling Police he was arrested from Kaijaley under Bijanbari Police station in the Darjeeling- Sikkim border area. After a tip off of his presence in his ancestral home near Kaijalay the police raided his house without any restraint. He was brought to Darjeeling and will be produced in the District Court and will probably be kept in police remand.
Madan Tamang after he was brutally murdered in Darjeeling on Friday. PTIAs of today eleven people have been arrested including Nicole. But of the main accused Tamang is the first while others are in the look out notice of the CID and are still at large. The FIRs have been registered against 23 people including the GJM President Bimal Gurung. Madan Tamang ABGL President was hacked to death in the broad day light on 21st May 2010 while he was preparing for holding a public meeting near Clubside of Darjeeling
During the murder investigation Police found a cellphone belonging to Nicole Tamang  near the murder spot though it was said that the cell phone used by Nicole had a sim card in the name of  Samir Dilawar. Name of Nicole was mentioned twice by Kismat Chhetri a GJVM leader and one Naresh after the murder conversation between Roshan Giri, General Secretary of GJMM and other GJMM activists which was published by Indian Express. 
Nicole(Nichole/Nikal/Nickel/Nikel) was an executive member of GJMM and his name is registered in the 34 no in the list of GJMM Office bearers published by the party in its website as well as 30 no in the contact address list with his cell no as 9733166826.
It is said that he was driver of Bimal Gurung and later he turned into a petty contractor. He always accompanied Gurung till a couple of months before the murder. He use to stay near Ropeway Singamari in Darjeeling. His name was included in the delegation of one of the meeting of GJMM leaders with the Home Minister while leaving Bagdogra on 8th April 2010.  Nicole's name was included in the team with Roshan Giri and Amar Lama headed by Bimal Gurung. But a senior leaders denied that Nicole was in Delhi for his personal work and his name was referred by mistake. 
 The team had met the Home Minster on 9th April 2010 in the presence of Jaswant Singh, the MP. The talks took place ahead of the sixth round of tripartite talks on May 14, involving the Central Government and the representatives of the GJM. "Home Minister has assured us that he will talk to the Government of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress about the new territory. Along with this, we will also talk to Trinamool and Government of West Bengal," said Gurung after the courtesy talks requisitioned by GJMM.
Earlier a telegraph news published that Nicole was arrested by CID near Kakarvitta, a Nepal border on 25 June 2010 which was a hoax.
Killer Martins
Prakha, Gangtok, Aug 16: A pair of Martin managed to sneak inside an enclosure for birds at Himalayan Zoological Park and predated eight birds including three exotic endangered species on August 14 night. 
A pair of silver pheasant, a pair of Lady Amherst, a pair of Kalij (local pheasant), one male golden pheasant and one Munal (local pheasant) were killed by the Martins in their enclosures, said forest authorities.
The Martins had sneaked inside an enclosure through a drain tunnel which was covered by a big stone by the zoo authorities. The animal somehow managed to roll over the stone and crept inside one enclosure.The birds are kept inside an enclosure of around 400 sq feet.Once inside the first enclosure, the Martins could easily enter into the other two separate enclosures through the small holes without any difficulty. In the ensuing carnage, eight birds of the zoo were eaten up by the Martins.
This is a very unfortunate incident. This is the first such incident in the zoo. We have asked for a full enquiry report from the zoo authorities. The report is under progress”, said the Chief Wildlife Warden NT Bhutia. We will address the weak points of the zoo, he added. The three exotic bird species are listed as endangered bird species and had been brought into the zoo in 2007-08. The Kalij and Munal are local species of Sikkim.
Authorities informed that the zoo guards had spotted three Martins running around in the day hours on August 14 and had managed to drive them away from a deer enclosure.
Himalayan Zoological Park is located here at Bulbuley at an altitude of 5840 ft  is spread over an area of 230 hectares of mountainous land with terrain suitable for high altitude animals and birds. It presently has 52 different specimens of birds and animals like Red Panda, snow leopard and Tibetan Wolf. 
Bear attack
Prakha, Gangtok, Aug 16: In a re-run of 2009, the Himalayan black bears have started foraging into the human habitats in search of food and coming in close touch with humans mauling two persons in the past one week.
The recent attack took place yesterday morning at around 6:30 am at Simik Linzey near Fhabonglho wildlife sanctuary in East Sikkim on August 15.
Rapden Lepcha (36) had returning to his house after morning work in his nearby field he was came across by a bear in a sudden moment, said DFO (Wildlife) Karma Legshey.
Lepcha sustained injuries in his head and was immediately rushed to the STNM hospital.
Doctors here at STNM hospital said that the victim has lost his right eye in the attack along with cuts in his head. He was referred to a private clinic in Siliguri for further treatment.
Wildlife authorities informed that a sum of Rs. 5000 has already been given to the family members for the treatment of the victim. The forest department has also promised to extend all help for further treatment.
Lepcha’s condition is stable at a private clinic in Siliguri, said the authorities.
Wildlife authorities said that a big cage have already been dispatched to the village to trap the bear. It is suspected that the wild animal had transgressed into the village to raid the maize fields.
We have sent a big cage from here to the village and a trap has been set up near the Fabonglho sanctuary, said the DFO.
A forest team led by an additional conservator of forest (Fhabonglho) Samdup is presently at the spot monitoring the efforts to snare the bear. The bear has not been sighted again but there are indirect reports, said the DFO.
This was the second bear attack in Sikkim this year.
A 39 years old villager had been mauled by a bear at Keochupari Lathang village in West Sikkim on August 12.
Sonam Lepcha sustained deep cuts in his leg and body parts in the attack. He was collecting cattle fodder when he was attacked by a bear.
There were reports of bear sightings in human habitats at Geyzing in West Sikkim in July also. 

Last year, between September to December, at least 70 bear transgressions were reported in various corners of Sikkim and some of these turned into a man-animal conflict that led to the termination of one bear. One bear was also killed by two bears in a fierce territorial fight in November 10 at Dokeythang reserved forest near Geyzing. 
Sikkim Police lifts Chogyal Sir Tashi Namgyal Memorial Cup
Prakha,GANGTOK, August 16: Sikkim Police rode on a last-minute equalizer by Kiran Tamang to defeat ‘Camellia’ United Sikkim Sporting Club (USSC) in the resultant penalty shootout and lift the Chogyal Sir Tashi Namgyal Memorial Cup of State level Independence Day football tournament in the finals played on August 15 here at Paljor Stadium.
Sikkim Police reserve goalkeeper Rupesh Diyali saved two penalties to ensure a hard-fought championship for his team. The penalty shootout result read as 4-3 in favour of the Sikkim Police. Earlier, USSC had taken a lead in the 13th minute when midfielder Pranesh Dewan had smashed a rebound into the net. 
The USSC players preserved their lone lead and could have gone scored at least two more goals as the Sikkim Police players surged forward for an equalizer leaving its defence exposed for counterattacks.
In one counterattack, Eze Collins missed a golden opportunity in the second half when he was in a one-to-one position with the Sikkim Police goalie Bir Bahadur Pradhan.However, Pradhan’s brilliant reflexes prevented Collins’s shot from entering the net.When victory and title were moments away, calamity struck for USSC when a free kick by Sikkim Police landed in its goal mouth. 
The weak clearance landed into the path of Kiran Tamang who smashed an unstoppable volley into the USSC net sparking wild celebrations among the policemen.More celebrations followed when the Sikkim Police players and goalkeeper maintained their nerves in the tiebreaker. Governor BP Singh presented the trophies to the winners and runners up. 
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was also present on the occasion.USSC striker Tenzing Tsephel Bhutia was adjudged the man of the match. Despite the final stumble, USSC thanked its supporters for  supporting the team. The club also expressed its sincere thanks to Camellia Group, Kolkata for sponsoring the team.
Timber worth 1 lakh seized 
KalimNews: Timber and logs worth Rupeese one lakh was seized by Forest Officials of Neora Range in the Gorubathan Block. NK Hutari Range Manager of WB Forest Development Corporation stated that a pickup Van WB 73 B2612 was seized full of 10 big and 6 small block sized teak and sal timber was seized at Burikhola. It was found in the yesternight near the residence of Subhas Tamang who is Treasurer of Himalayan Forest Villagers Union. The owner of the vehicle and the timber is yet to be arrested. 

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