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Sending 4 more CRPF cos to Darjeeling, Kalimpong: Govt to SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Centre today told the Supreme that they are deploying four additional companies of to maintain and order in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, which have been hit by the agitation for separate Gorkhaland.

The told a three-judge bench headed by Justice that 11 companies are already deployed in Darjeeling and Kalimpong and they have decided to send four more companies to ensure the safety of citizens and maintenance of and order there.

Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench, which also comprised A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, that the Calcutta High has today asked the to deploy four additional companies of there and they are sending additional paramilitary forces there.

The bench, however, made it clear that the 11 companies which are already deployed there and the four additional companies, which will be sent, shall be utilised by the only for the purpose of maintaining and order in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts.

The bench also asked the authorities to ensure smooth movement of traffic and safety and security of passengers travelling in vehicles on National Highway-10, the sole road link connecting West Bengal's Siliguri with Sikkim.

"Needless to say, the citizens of these areas must understand that sustenance of and order and living in peace is the hallmark of progressive civilisation and therefore, they shall also see that free flow of life is not in anyway disturbed or affected," the bench said.

The apex court's order came on a petition filed by Sikkim for a direction to ensure safety of vehicles plying on NH 10 which connects the state with the rest of the country.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 13:57 IST