Darjeeling 'bandh' cuts off Sikkim for 2nd day

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Gangtok, Jun 18 (UNI) Sikkim remained cut off for the second day today from rest of the country, due to the indefinite 'bandh' called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in the neighbouring Darjeeling hills.

The GJM 'bandh' paralysed vehicular movement along NH 31 A, which links Sikkim with rest of the country.

No vehicle either entered or left the state today, informed police manning the Rangpo and Melli check posts, the two entry points to Sikkim.

There was some movement of a few army vehicles.

The GJM supporters have set up pickets at Ranpgo and Melli to enforce the NH 31 A blockade as part of their movement to press for a separate Gorkhaland state.

Meanwhile, the state government announced rationing of petroleum products in the state.

The Food and Civil Supplies department notified that all vehicles shall be restricted to 5 litres of petrol and 10 liters of diesel per day.

However, above restriction shall not apply on vehicles engaged in hospital duties and essential services.

Rationing of LPG cylinders has already begun in Sikkim.

Sikkim government is in regular touch with the West Bengal government and Centre to keep the NH 31 A open to prevent hardships for the people of Sikkim.

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