Gangtok/Siliguri, June 10: Prashant Tamang entered amongst the eleven finalists in Indian Idol yesterday evening through his admirers SMS. But, North Bengal faced public ferocity for poor SMS services of mobile network services. Admirer of Idol Prashant of Darjeeling to Kalimpong defaced and gheraoed offices of mobile service providers alleging their SMS votes for a local Indian Idol contestant were not being registered.
Hills people alleged their votes for Tamang were not being registered because of network problems, especially with Reliance and BSNL connections, and claimed "sabotage".
Both companies, however, insisted that the votes were registered, and Tamang indeed made it to the final 10, which proved later on.
Fury crowd damaged a Reliance outlet in Darjeeling. Mob cracked billboards of service providers across town. BSNL and Reliance offices were gheraoed in Kalimpong, and Kurseong, street protests occasioned, but Finally Prashant entered the Dragon.