Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday welcomed the statement of moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for taking up public issues and asking consumers to pay electricity dues regularly.
“The Mirwaiz should urge ulema to tell people that electricity theft is a sin,” he said.
The Mirwaiz had recently accused the government of failing to provide good governance and accused of rampant corruption. The Mirwaiz, who is also a head priest, accused the government of failing to provide electricity to the people.
Protests in Batwara, Maisuma against erratic power supply
Dozens of residents of Srinagar’s Batwara, Badami Bagh Cantonment area and Maisuma held a demonstration on Thursday against the erratic power supply.
A demonstration was held in front of the 15 Corps headquarters of the Army affecting the traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
The protestors alleged that power supply was suspended after the patrolling party of PDD visited the place two days ago.
The people raised slogans against the PDD department and threatened that they won’t pay electric dues if the supply was not restored soon.
The demonstrators said the people were already facing a lot of inconvenience due to curtailment schedule and now total suspension of the supply in chilling weather conditions has compounded their problems.
Three days ago a patrolling party of the PDD had seized heaters, boilers and heating gadgets from the area. “Some people had allegedly hurled stones and kangris (fire pots) on the officials in which a driver was injured,” said a resident on the condition of anonymity.
The locals also alleged that the officials misbehaved with the women and some elderly people in the area.
The officials swung into action and suspended the supply to the area which prompted into spontaneous protests against the PDD department and the state government.