94 vehicles leave in convoy from Sikkim for Siliguri
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 19:04
Gangtok: A convoy of 94 vehicles left Rangpo in Sikkim for Siliguri on Sunday via National Highway 31A which passes through Darjeeling district where Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) sponsored indefinite bandh enters its fifth day.

The convoy left Rangpo with police escort in view of the bandh, police said.

They said for the last few days GJM picketers had only allowed Sikkim National Transport (SNT) vehicles to pass on the highway and private vehicles and taxis were plying at their own risk.

Meanwhile, the Sikkim Hotels and Restaurant Association (SHRA) has urged the people of the Darjeeling hills and the GJM leaders there to allow unhindered vehicular movement to Sikkim on National Highway 31A as it was the lifeline of the landlocked state.

Addressing a press conference, the SHRA also expressed its gratitude towards the people of Darjeeling for allowing at least SNT vehicles to ply on the highway during the bandh.

The SHRA also condemned the killing of three GJM supporters in the police firing at Sibchu on February 8.

SHRA President, Bhanu Pratap Rasaily, said that tourism was the only sector in Sikkim in which local people were engaged in gainful employment. This sector, he said, had been hit due to the current spate of bandhs and travel uncertainty.

Rasaily said that although the GJM had assured the national highway would be kept open for Sikkim during the Darjeeling bandh, some unwanted incidents had scared regular traffic off the highway.


First Published: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 19:04

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