Army, navy squads demanded for Teesta search operation

Army, navy squads demanded for Teesta search operation
Tue, Jul 16, 2019


SEVOKE,: Pressure group members comprising political organisations, taxi drivers, NGOs and relatives of the missing persons protested and blocked NH10 near Coronation Bridge on Monday demanding Army and Navy squad for search operation in the Teesta river.
The relatives of the missing persons in the recent road mishap have also asked West Bengal and Rajasthan governments to come forward and take adequate action to search three persons including two tourists and one driver missing after their vehicle plunged into the river.
Monday was a hectic day for Sevoke police and NDRF team as they were targeted by driver union of Congress affiliated Trade union INTUC, members of Akhil Bharitya Jana Sangha’s Mahila Morcha and local NGOs after protesting in front of Sevoke police outpost for hours.
Even after five days of the incident, there is no sign of the missing persons and slowly the anger and frustration of the relatives have grown high and now they have even threatened to jump from Coronation Bridge if missing persons are not located as soon as possible.
Deepak Kumar, brother of Gopal Narwani said, “If my brother’s body (dead or alive) is not recovered soon I will also jump on Teesta River.”
Rohit Sharma, brother of Gaurav who arrived directly from his work place Dubai on Monday said, “NDRF team members are working hard but they are helpless as they don’t have good equipment and the divers are not trained enough to dive in Teesta where the current is high.”
GTA BOA chairman Anit Thapa also reached the spot to take the stock and assured necessary support after speaking to higher authorities.
Later the pressure group under the leadership of Anit Thapa, INTUC Darjeeling district president Aloke Chakraborty, Shikha Kanwar, Mahila Morcha convener of Akhil Bharitya Jana Sangh held a meeting with relatives of the missing persons, SDO Kurseong and OC Sevoke at Sevoke Police outpost. After the meeting an email has been forwarded to DM Darjeeling for Army and Navy squad for search operation from Wednesday.
Shikha Kanwar said, “We have formed a group named ‘Sevoke Accident Helpline’ and an emergency meeting has been called today at 7 pm at Siliguri to discuss about further course of action.


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