Power cuts prompt Chhatarpur residents to wave British flags, praise colonial rule

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 05, 2015 19:57 IST

Upset over excessive power cuts, local residents waved British flags to lodge their protest in Chhatarpur district on Friday. Some of the residents also hoisted the Union Jack at their houses.

The unusual protest took place at Para Chowki in Chhatarpur, 344 km east from Bhopal.

However, it caused a flutter in the administration. A police team was sent to the spot which forcibly dispersed the crowd and seize the flags.

The protest took place at Para Chowki, around 15 kilometers from the Chhatarpur district headquarters. The residents were upset due to long powercuts--almost about 18 hrs every day.

The residents had earlier lodged complaints to the officials of the power distribution company. They also approached the administrative officials and also made complaints on the CM Helpline but to no avail. Subsequently, they came up with the idea to hoist and wave British flag.

A local resident, Chatur Singh who led the agitation said the British Raj was better as the administration listened to people’s grievances in that era.

Another villager Rupvati Yadav said the electricity came for just a few hours every day and ence they had to use handmade fans for relief from heat and mosquitoes.

After the incident, the police registered a case against 20 villagers under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Those booked include Chatur Singh, Chhatrapal Singh, Omprakash Yadav, Govind, Bhupat Singh and Indrapal Singh.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, district collector Masood Akhtar said that he had instructed the power distribution company employees to take immediate action to resolve the residents’ problems.

On the issue of waving Union Jack he said, "It seems it’s an individual’s brainchild, Otherwise, simple villagers could hardly think of such a protest by waving British flags."

Superintendent of Police (SP) Lalit Shakyawar said the road blockade was ended and action was being taken against the villagers for waving the flags.

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