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Stranded passengers leave

Dec 28, 2010

Hundreds of passengers stranded in Gelephu by a 12 hour strike in Assam and West Bengal, India, have been able to proceed on their journey in nick of time. They managed to leave today, just one day before another two day strike is to begin.

Most of the travelers are pilgrims who had come to attend the 17 day oral transmission from His Eminence the Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche. They have now left for Phuntsholing and Samdrupjongkhar and from there towards home.

Most of them have been in Gelephu for weeks. Their resources were running out.

Looking worried, they gathered at the Indo-Bhutan border gate from 5am yesterday, hoping for news that the strike was over and they can leave. Frustrated, they complained.

Lekjay was on his way to Phuentsholing. “We learnt that there will be a strike tomorrow too. Some of the travelers were allowed to go, we were not,” he said.

Tashi, a taxi driver, was miffed because “orange trucks were allowed to go” and he and his passengers were not. “This just isn’t fair,” he said.

Kado was worried his money is running out. “In a few days time we won’t even have money to travel.”

The Gelephu police was however adamant. The travelers cannot leave. It was too risky. They could get injured or even killed if they are caught in the strike.

Police said they cannot be held responsible if people leave on their own.

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