Don't block NH: SC warns pro, anti-Gorkhaland agitators



New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday warned pro and anti-Gorkhaland agitators that blockade of National Highway, the economic lifeline for Sikkim, would bring serious consequences including "de-recognition" of political parties and arrest of their leaders.

"Any further obstruction or blockade of NH 31A by pro or anti-Gorkhaland agitators will bring serious consequences, including the detention of their leaders," a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices Deepak Verma and B S Chauhan said.

"If anybody causes obstruction on the national highway, the party indulging in it would be de-recognised and their leaders will be arrested," the Bench said while reminding the political parties involved in pro and anti-Gorkhaland agitations about its July 3, 2008 order to keep the highway free from their agitation.

It noted that the highway not only connects Sikkim to the rest of the country but also passes through several districts and hilly places like Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Cooch Bihar in West Bengal to ensure supply of essential goods to the hilly region.

Sikkim government had last month moved the apex court against frequent blockade of the highway seeking a direction for West Bengal to ensure smooth traffic and freight movement which has bore the brunt of pro and anti-Gorkhaland protests.

PTI