Kalimpong, Aug. 23: An assistant sub-inspector of police of the Rambi outpost was allegedly beaten up by a group of army personnel at the landslide-hit 27 Mile this evening.
Police said the incident happened when a convoy of army vehicles going towards Siliguri had jumped a queue at the landslide-hit stretch on NH31A where only one-way movement was allowed. The convoy allegedly tried to have its way when it was the turn of the vehicles coming from the opposite direction to cross the stretch, resulting in a complete traffic jam at 6pm.
In the resultant commotion, someone in the crowd comprising harassed motorists and commuters hurled a stone that hit the windshield of an army truck, the policemen present at the spot said. Enraged, army personnel then went after the ASI, Sangay Sherpa, and beat him up.
Sources said Sherpa had filed a complaint with the Rambi outpost.
27 Mile is 25km from here.
Darjeeling superintendent of police D.P. Singh told The Telegraph over the phone that the ASI was injured in the incident. “The armymen heckled the people who were all struck at the spot. We have sent more forces to manage the traffic,” said Singh.
After landslides struck different places in the Kalimpong subdivision on Wednesday night, traffic on NH31A has come to a crawl. Normally, one needs two hours to reach Siliguri from Kalimpong, but it takes five hours to cover the 65km-long distance now.