Twitter 'opens' Indo-Bhutan border for a stranded duo

New Delhi: After several instances of Railways and External Affairs ministry using the social media to help people in distress, border guarding force SSB helped two Ahmedabad residents cross over to India with the aid of Twitter after they got stuck in Bhutan when the border was sealed for the Assembly polls in West Bengal.

The travails of Deep Shah and Parth Trivedi began in the wee hours of April 15 when they were told in Bhutan, while packing their luggage for the journey back home, that they cannot cross the Indo-Bhutan Interna-tional Border as it has been ‘sealed’ in view of the polls.

Shah then took to Twitter and wrote about his problem and tagged numerous official handles of the government like those of Prime Ministers Office, the MEA and Sushma Swaraj, MoS Gen V K Singh, Railway Ministry and Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. Shah then tagged Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who in turn tagged Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The tweet was soon noticed by Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB) IG Renuka Mishra on her personal id. She then contacted the SSB commander on the eastern frontier, following which the area commander got in touch with his Bhutanese counterpart and Shah and Trivedi were asked to report at an official crossing point at the border. They were allowed to cross over after due verification of their documents at about 3 pm on Saturday.

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