GANGTOK, July 20 - Prodded by a Supreme Court direction, West Bengal police have started providing security from Siliguri to Sikkim registered trucks along NH-10, the sole road connecting the hill State with the rest of the country.
All Sikkim Truck Drivers Association (ASTDA) president Mingma Sherpa said that West Bengal police started giving escorts from Monday and till noon, around 130 goods laden trucks reached Sikkim from Siliguri.
It is a major relief to truckers ferrying goods from Siliguri to Sikkim, as Sikkim registered vehicles have been ransacked and looted during protests in and around Siliguri from end June after the State Government expressed support for the Gorkhaland movement in Darjeeling hills.
The trucks laden with food items and vegetables were meant for all four districts of Sikkim, Sherpa said adding that normal movement of escorted trucks is expected to resume now along NH-10.
A Supreme Court bench had on July 14 asked the authorities to ensure smooth movement of traffic and safety and security of passengers travelling in vehicles on NH-10.
Sikkim Government has moved the Supreme Court on July 13 seeking a direction to the Centre and West Bengal Government that NH-10, be protected and uninterrupted vehicular movement be ensured in the wake of ongoing agitation for Gorkhaland State. The NH, considered lifeline of the landlocked hill State, connects it to Siliguri and any blockade on it leads to severe scarcity of goods and stalls passengers� movement. � PTI