Mandi, July 8
The controversy over Manali bikes being taken for local sightseeing in Leh and Leh bikes being used for sightseeing in local Manali tourist spots intensified as Manali union alleged that their bikes were seized in Leh.
Tenzin Bodh, general secretary of Bikers Union, Manali, alleged that the bikers’ union of Leh seized more than 300 bikes bearing HP number in Leh today. He said that around 10 members of the Leh union laid a naka beyond Sarchu towards Leh, where around 20 bikes bearing HP number moving towards Leh were stopped from proceeding ahead.
As a result, the tourists travelling on these rented bikes were in a quandary.
“This step was taken by the Leh union after a few bikers of Manali union had breached the agreement which was signed between Manali and Leh unions in February. Under the agreement, Manali bikers are allowed to take their customers from Manali to Leh and Leh bikers are allowed to take their customers from Leh to Manali. It was, however, decided that the bikers of Manali would not ply their bikes to local tourist spots of Leh and the bikers of Leh would not ply their bikes to local tourist destinations in Manali,” Bodh said.
“We have approached the Leh administration to do the needful and ensure release of our bikes. We have also urged the administration to take steps to ensure that the dispute between the two unions was resolved amicably. However, till now we have got no positive response from the Leh administration,” he said.
“Manali union has also sent a request letter to Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and sought government intervention in resolving the issue,” said Bodh.
When an effort was made to contact Tashi Tandup, president of Leh union, his number was switched off. When contacted, Sonam Rigzin, SHO, Leh, said police has not received any such complaint in this regard from the Manali union till now.
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