The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested five persons accused of killing All India Gorkha League (AIGL) chief Madan Tamang on May 21, 2010, the police said.
Darjeeling´s superintendent of police Kunal Agarwal said the sleuths of the national investigation agency arrested Kismat Chettri, Alok Kanti Mani Tulung, Dinesh Gurung, Puran Tami and Keshav Pokhrel, leaders various frontal organisations of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration ruling Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).
The district police chief said the federal police, with the assistance of Darjeeling police, nabbed the five accused from Darjeeling bus stand Friday morning.
The five accused had been absconding since the CID had filed charge sheets naming 30 people allegedly involved in the brutal murder of Tamang in Darjeeling.
The CBI took the sensational murder case a year ago from the CID by a Calcutta High Court order after the widow of Tamang, Bharati,
had filed a case seeking the assistance of the federal police to punish the killers of her husband.
So far, 15 accused have been arrested on murder charges. But the prime suspect, Nicole Tamang, who was arrested on August 18, 2010, fled from CID custody from Pintail village near Siliguri three days later.