Tenzing Zangpo rearrested, whereabouts unknown

Published on Apr 21 2009 // Main News


Kakarvitta, April 21, 2009: General secretary of Druk National Congress (Democratic) Tenzing Zangpo has been rearrested by the Assam Police from Gauhati court premises soon after he was released on April 6.
He was earlier arrested on November 10 from Gauhati under section 121/12(A)/122/123/302/326/307 Indian penal Code read with Section ¾ of the Explosive Substance Act and Read with Section 10/13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

After the expiry of the 90 days in Gauhati central jail, he was granted bail by Subhabrata Datta, Special Judicial Magistrate (CBI Court) on March 20 after Tenzing deposited IRs 10,000.

But Tenzing continued to remain in jail because he was also show arrested in Despur under Section 121/121(A)/353/324/307 IPC read with the same acts. This case was registered on October 9 but Police diary show that Tenzing was arrested on December 29. In the second case, Tenzing was granted bail on expiry of 90 days in jail on March 31 by M. Deb, Additional chief judicial Travel document issued to them by Indian Embassy in Kathmandumagistrate. His wife stood bailer at the court depositing IRs 10,000.

The court passed the release order on April 3 but Tenzing was not released on that day since the jail administration had received Bhutan Police representatives with the view to abduct him from jail.

Knowing the arrival of spies, Tenzing lawyers not to pressure for his release fearing that he would be forcefully abducted by the Bhutan police personnel where he would face extreme form of torture and punishment.

However, he was released by the jail administration on April 6 at around 5:30 pm but was rearrested from within the court premises by personnel of Assam and Bhutan police at around 5:35 pm. The police also tried to arrest Tenzing’s wife Karma Zangpo but was fortunately saved by other supporters.

Since then, whereabouts of Tenzing has not been known. It is feared he has been deported to Bhutan by the Assam administration.