Darjeeling shutdown enters 13th day, woe for stranded tourists knows no bound after Sikkim stops plying buses

Darjeeling shutdown enters 13th day, woe for stranded tourists knows no bound after Sikkim stops plying buses


Darjeeling shutdown enters 13th day, woe for stranded tourists knows no bound after Sikkim stops plying buses


Darjeeling: Uncertainty loomed large over this strategic eastern Himalayan region sharing four international borders following the ongoing indefinite Darjeeling strike, sponsored by Bimal Gurung-led GJM, coupled with stoppage of plying of Sikkim vehicles on the highway, official sources said here today. The Sikkim Government on Friday told tourists not to visit the state until further order, and today stopped plying its all fleet of vehicles - Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) - the major carrier for passenger traffic and import and export of goods through NH 10 for precautionary measures. SNT office in Siliguri was locked from outside and one of its officials today said there will be no plying of buses till further order owing to safety measures. A Sikkim vehicle and its driver was attacked near Champasari on Friday, three days after a Gangtok-bound goods-laden truck and its diver was set on fire near Kalijhora on Sevok Road, NH 10, connecting Siliguri and Gangtok, about 110 km through Kalimpong district of West Bengal. The stoppage of plying of the SNT vehicles led to total collapse of transport service in the upper eastern Himalaya, having borders with China in north, Bhutan in east, Nepal in the west and Bangladesh in south. The Army has huge bases across this region and their rations are being carried by the SNT and the Army's own transport system. Meanwhile, an eerie of silence was prevailing across Darjeeling as speculation had been doing round in people's mind over the next step as the GJM decided to severe link with the GTA and its members resigned en-mass yesterday. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung said all the resignation letters of its 45-member body would be delivered to state Governor Kesari Nath Tripathy today. The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), a semi-autonomous body, was a dead issue now, Mr Gurung told reporters yesterday.

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