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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Situation along 31A National Highway normal.

KalimNews : Our friend Prabin Khaling, Gangtok based journalist took a ride upto Tarkhola (West Bengal) from Gangtok today and found the situation normal in the ongoing 48 hours bundh of GJM. 
Yesterday a few vehicles bound to Siliguri from Gangtok were stoned and damaged at Tarkhola by some miscreants but today no such incident was reported and almost all the highway was deserted. He also found that a massive tree fallen along 31A National Highway and the army personnel were trying to remove the same from the Highway for smooth movement of the vehicular traffic. He also found many tourists stranded in Rangpo due to want of vehicles and the common people walking on foot to their destination. Some of the photographs taken by Khaling are here for our readers.
PTI, Gangtok, May 16: More than 200 foreign and domestic tourists have been stranded in Sikkim following the two-day bandh called by GJM in Darjeeling, officials said.
The tourists could not move out of landlocked Sikkim as the agitating GJM were not allowing the vehicles to ply on National Highway 31-A, despite a Supreme Court ruling in January warning parties not to disrupt traffic movement in the arterial road.
"Steps would be taken to 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 on the second day 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 taxis are all closed here, causing inconvenience to people, especially tourists. 
Jawan shoots himself
Prabin Khaling, Gangtok, May 16: One Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel killed himself today morning in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Marcus Toppo, 23, of Jharkhand was posted at Drop Gate No. 5 of Rajbhawan, official residence of His Excellency the Governor of Sikkim. It was 7.30 AM in the morning when he aimed his forehead with his service rifle (INSAAS) and gunned down himself. The reason behind his alleged committing suicide is still not known. Sikkim police is probing into the matter and a possible cause of the incident is expected to be public in a day or two.
It may be recalled that the himalayan state Sikkim is observing 35th year of its merger with India today (16th May) by organising different programmes with main attraction being chintan bhawan where HE the Governor of Sikkim Dr. Valmiki Prasad Singh was present as chief guest. In his brief address to the state dignitaries and others Dr. Singh stressed on quality tourism instead of quantity tourism.
KalimNews:Bandh in Kalimpong was peaceful and complete. Streets of the town had a few children playing cricket and cycling in the traffic free road. There were no picketers of GJMM and flags on the road.

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