Darjeeliong bandh cuts off Sikkim for second day

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

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

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

There was some movement of few army vehicles.

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

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

The Food and Civil Supplies department has 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 the vehicles engaged in hospital duties and essential services.

Rationing of LPG cylinders has already begun in Sikkim.

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

UNI BG PC RN1557

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