Bengal tribals’ motorbike rally to press demands

SILIGURI, Mar 15 - More than 300 members of a tribal body in West Bengal Saturday set out on a 150-km motorcycle rally to press for their demands, including the reopening of the tea gardens in the northern part of the state.

The rally was organised by the tribal group Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Bikash Parishad (ABABP).

‘We want the closed tea gardens of the region to be opened immediately. We also want that the Terai and the Doors regions be made into one Lok Sabha constituency,’ ABABP state working secretary Rajesh Toppo said during the rally.

The riders were carrying their traditional weapons like bows and arrows on their shoulders.

The rally started at Ghoshpukur in Siliguri and will end in Sankosh on the West Bengal-Assam border March 16.