Darjeeling: In context of violence, the protest took serious turn on Monday that led to fire on Sikkim-bound truck and injuries to its driver. The strike is being headed by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha cadres. As per the reports, driver Aniket Chetri has sustained 70% injuries due to burning and he is currently admitted in hospital.
During the protest, The GJM members jammed the arterial roads and the tourists faced lot of difficulties while going from Gangtok to Siliguri. They were even told to return back and state transport buses from Siliguri to Darjeeling were stopped for about 12 hours on the way.
On National Highway 10, Chetri’s truck that was shipping bricks from Darjeeling to Sikkim at around 1.30pm was not permitted to go at Kalijhora on National Highway 10. The GJM members poured petrol on the truck and set it ablaze. Driver Chetri got wounded during the fire.
“The attack was without provocation. The GJM workers were livid that the driver had dared to ply the truck defying the bandh,” a local stated.
Later, Chetri was evacuated from the burning vehicle and he was taken to the nearby Siliguri district hospital in a police ambulance. He was shifted to North Bengal Medical College few hours later.
A bus carrying tourists were stopped at Rongpo, around 45km from Kalijhora.
The Sikkim and Bengal administrations conducted a meeting on Monday and took decision that Bengal police would accompany all vehicles bound for Sikkim from Siliguri to Rongpo.