Over a dozen people were injured in clashes between local residents and police officials over the laying of underground cables by Torrent Power Ltd in Wazirpura locality on Saturday. Police said more than 12 people, including the Congress city president, were arrested after the clash.
According to reports, the incident occurred when a team of torrent officials and some policemen reached the locality to lay underground electricity cables, but were met with stiff resistance from residents.
Locals alleged that the torrent staff entered into an altercation with several residents and even manhandled some people.
The situation took an ugly turn when a few locals started pelting stones on the Torrent staff and the accompanying policemen.
Later, the police also replied by hurling bricks on the unruly mob. Both sides also resorted to aerial firing.
The issue escalated after city Congress president Haji Abrar Husain reached the locality with his supporters and warned Torrent officials not to lay underground cables.
Reports said the clash continued for over an hour and left around a dozen people injured from both the groups.
Finally, police forces from Hariparwat and New Agra police station led by superintendent of police (city) Rajesh Kumar reached Wazirpura and controlled the situation.
AGM (public relations),Torrent Power Ltd, Rajneesh Pathak said, “Electricity is a government asset and can neither be misused nor stolen. Besides the UP CM has also issued directives to carry out statewide campaign to stop illegal use of electricity. So, we are making efforts to lay underground cables. However, when our team reached Wazirpura, suddenly locals started pelting stones on us. A number of police officials and torrent staff were injured in the incident.”
Haji and his supporters were arrested along with some locals involved in stone pelting.
City magistrate Rekha S Chauhan also reached the spot along with administrative and Agra Nagar Nigam officials to investigate the matter.
The SP said several police officials had received injuries in the clash and miscreants were being identified with the help of photographs and video footage. He said action would be taken against the accused after proper investigation.