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Sikkim remains cut off for fourth successive day

Sikkim remained cut off from other parts of the country for the fourth successive day on Friday due to the blockade of the National Highway 31A by the Gorkha JanaMukti Morcha (GJM) as part of its agitation for a separate Gorkhaland statehood demand.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2009 14:09 IST

Sikkim remained cut off from other parts of the country for the fourth successive day on Friday due to the blockade of the National Highway 31A by the Gorkha JanaMukti Morcha (GJM) as part of its agitation for a separate Gorkhaland statehood demand.

The movement of traffic between Sikkim and Siliguri through the NH-31A has been a bare minimum barring those of the army and the emergency services like ambulances, the police officials manning the inter-state border check post at Rangpo told PTI in Gangtok.

However, Sikkim may get a breather from the ongoing strike as the GJM was understood to have decided to relax the blockade for 12 hours from 6 AM to 6 PM tomorrow apparently for the convenience of the local people and transportation of essential supplies, official sources said.

Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling is expected to raise the issue of frequent blockade of NH-31A - the lifeline of Sikkim - with the Centre during his ongoing visit to New Delhi and impress upon the central government to find out a permanent solution to the woes of the border state due to political agitation in the neighbouring state.