SC to hear petitions on Gorkhaland blockade tomorrow

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New Delhi, Jun 26 (UNI) The Supreme Court will tomorrow hear petitions filed by the Sikkim government and an advocate seeking directions to the Centre and West Bengal government to remove the blockade laid by Gorkhaland agitators on National Highway 31 (A) linking Sikkim to Siliguri and also to the mainland.

According to Sikkim government, people of Sikkim are facing shortage of essential commodities and are being put to hardships due to the blockade from June 14, which is still continuing.

The Sikkim government and Mr O P Bhandari today mentioned their petitions before the Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Altamas Kabir and G S Sanghvi for urgent hearing alleging that the Centre and the West Bengal government were not making any effort to remove the blockade that has disrupted the supply of essential commodities paralysing normal life in Sikkim as the northeastern state has been virtually cut off from rest of the country.

The vacation bench agreed to hear the petitions tomorrow.


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