Life was disrupted in Hisar on Monday as some shops remained shut to protest the “inflated” electricity bills sent by the power department.
The Bijli Bill Ghatao Sangarsh Samiti (BBGSS), a group of farmers and local businessmen, had called for the bandh till 1pm following a meeting on Sunday night and asked all shops to remain closed.
The sangarsh samiti workers held a protest demonstration and shouted slogans against the recent hike in power tariff, as policemen deployed in strength guarded the streets to prevent violence.
“Some shopkeepers earn Rs 20,000 a month and the electricity bill is Rs 40,000… How will we be able to pay this much?” said BBGSS president Gautam Sardana.
“We have been protesting against the inflated electricity bills for the last one week peacefully. But the government is not listening,” Sardana added.
Sardana warned the group will hold meetings in all districts of Haryana and decide the further course of action if the government did not address the problem.
Meanwhile, protests continued against the power tariff hike in Sirsa where residents of seven villages had earlier passed a resolution not to pay the bills issued by the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam.
Some villagers in Bijjuwali, Nuhiyanwali and Ghukanwali even tore and torched the electricity bills.