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Strike paralyses S/J


Aug 26, 2011

A strike has been called in Assam, India. The movement of vehicles from Samdrupjongkhar towards India has been restricted.

Samdrupjongkhar, a bustling town on the border with India, is once again wearing a deserted look. The reason? A strike in Assam, India.

It is the same old story. Strikes are common in Assam as it is elsewhere in India. And the moment a strike is called by any aggrieved party, the main border gate is closed for safety reasons.

Travellers are stranded. Business grinds to a halt.

Sanjay Jalan, a businessman, said “there is a strike seven to eight days a month. When that happens, people refuse to come here.”

The businessmen do not get their supplies on time. The supplies come from nearby Indian cities.

It affects everybody, including the taxi drivers. Most of them ply between Samdrupjongkhar and Phuentsholing. There is only one road. Through India.

Ugyen Penjor, a taxi driver, said “we have to stay put whenever there is a strike.”

Businessmen plan and bring the goods in advance if they know about the strikes in advance but that rarely happens. At times, they don’t even know when it might end. It might last a day or two. It may go on for a month. You never know.

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