Kpg shuts down, tourists get out and army matches

Kalimpong, 09 Jun:

The 12-hour strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in the hills ended successfully and without any untoward incident across the two districts of Darjeeling and Kampong.

Around 7 in the morning, the Army staged a flag march through town, and later, the District Magistrate, Dr. Biswanath, briefed reporters that, more than 200 tourists were evacuated from town with police escort.

“All the offices, block office, GP office, hospitals are open. NBSTC buses are running smoothly for transporting the tourists; the Highway-NH10 is also running smoothly, we are keeping a close watch on Morcha’s activities. No one should face any difficulty. We have started a help desk for tourists and have also opened a control room. If anyone has to go to Siliguri or come to Kalimpong from Siliguri the administration is there for their safety, there is nothing to worry,” said the DM.

Most of the tourist had a weekend plan in the hills but had to leave without exploring the place.

Meanwhile, around 12:30 pm, a group of bandh supporters burnt tyres at 9th Mile to hinder the progress of NBSTC buses requisition to ferry tourists to Siliguri.

Dr RB Bhujel president of GJMM Kalimpong District committee has thanked all for successfully observing the 12 hours strike.