The police have detained 45 people in connection with the killing of Madan Tamang, president of the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League, in Darjeeling on Friday and launched a search for the six persons named in the first information report filed by the ABGL.

Inspector-General of Police (North Bengal) K.L. Tamta told The Hindu that ABGL secretary Laxman Pradhan said in his FIR that this was a premeditated murder by supporters of the youth and students' wing of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha. “The FIR has named six persons, and they are absconding. We are looking for them,” Mr. Tamta said from Darjeeling.

Monks prayed in silence and admirers paid their homage at Tamang's residence where his body was kept. The common people openly denounced the killing. “In a democracy, there may be dissent, but it should not lead to such events,” they said.

A candle-light peace procession was taken out through the mall area on Saturday afternoon.

At the peak of the tourist season, Darjeeling wore a forlorn look, with shops remaining closed. Tourists were few in the otherwise busy mall area, with most of them complaining about shortage of food items because all restaurants were shut. “We are being forced to stay indoors,” they said. As transport was also affected, tourists could not cut short their vacation to return to the plains.