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200 tourists stranded in Sikkim for Darjeeling bandh

More than 200 foreign and domestic tourists have been stranded in Sikkim following the two-day bandh called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling, official sources said.



Gangtok: More than 200 foreign and
domestic tourists have been stranded in Sikkim following the
two-day bandh called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in
Darjeeling, official sources said.

The tourists could not move out of land locked Sikkim
as the agitating GJM were not allowing the vehicles to ply on
NH 31-A, despite a Supreme Court ruling in January warning
parties not to disrupt traffic movement in the arterial road.

"Steps would be taken the send the tourists from
Gangtok to Siliguri if West Bengal police provide security,"
Superintendent of Police of Sikkim`s East district M S Tuli
said.

Vehicular movement along NH-31A is crippled after
bandh supporters damaged 10 Sikkim-bound vehicles at Tarkhola
in West Bengal yesterday.

The ticket counters selling mainline tickets which
include private buses and private taxis are all closed here
which is causing a lot of inconvenience to all especially the
tourists who have to return to their hotels.

The buses of Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) to
Siliguri and Kalimpong also did not run today. The helicopter
services of Sikkim Tourism department Corporation (STDC) are
fully booked till May 17, officials said.

PTI

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