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Rajnath Singh assures Sikkim CM of NH-10 security

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Published : Jul 10, 2017, 2:04 am IST
Updated : Jul 10, 2017, 6:07 am IST

Reports said traffic between Siliguri and Gangtok was affected as drivers of West Bengal registered vehicles stopped plying to Sikkim.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (Photo: PTI)
 Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday assured the Sikkim government that the Centre will ensure the security of National Highway 10 which is facing crisis of essential commodities in the wake of protests and counter-protests over the demand for Gorkhaland in neighbouring West Bengal.

During a telephonic conversation with Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, the home minister discussed the security situation in the state and areas neighbouring West Bengal. Mr Singh also directed Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi to coordinate with the West Bengal administration and ensure the safety, security and smooth traffic on NH 10, which connects Silig-uri in West Bengal with Sikkim capital Gangtok.

 

“I assured him that the Centre will ensure the safety and security of NH 10 and do everything possible to save people of the state from any misery,” he tweeted.

Reports said traffic between Siliguri and Gangtok was affected as drivers of West Bengal registered vehicles stopped plying to Sikkim.

There have been several incidents reported in the past week when Sikkim-registered trucks were vandalised and looted by unidentified miscreants in Siliguri. There have also been reports of Sikkim-bound taxis, buses and private vehicles being targeted by anti-social elements in Siliguri. The incidents of violence started after the Sikkim chief minister supported the demand of Gorkhaland and also wrote to the home minister saying it was a justified and long pending demand of the people of the Darjeeling hills.

 

Mr Chamling had said Sikkim has been suffering “untold loss owing to the recurring blockage of its one and only lifeline NH 10, during the last 30 years of Gorkhaland agitation”. Sikkim transpor-ters are on an indefinite strike demanding the im-mediate arrest of the miscreants who carried out attacks against Sikkim vehicles at Siliguri.

They are also demanding that West Bengal give assurance of providing safety to Sikkim-registered vehicles. Expressing concern over vandalism of Sikkim-registered vehicles in West Bengal, Mr Chamling had said he is planning to move the Supreme Court in this regard.

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