Power eludes power-centered district of Haryana
Road and rail blockades, torching of roadways buses, vandalising public property and assaulting government officials - all this and more have been become the order of the day in the hinterland of the district.chandigarh Updated: Sep 06, 2012 19:01 IST
Road and rail blockades, torching of roadways buses, vandalising public property and assaulting government officials - all this and more have been become the order of the day in the hinterland of the district.
Reason: the shortage of power supply.
In the past six months, more than 30 protests have been witnessed - a pointer to the crisis that fails to subside. The situation is tad better in cities and towns.
On September 2, protesters blocked the national highway 10 for more than 10 hours, torched a Haryana roadways bus and vandalised private vehicles, resulting into inconvenience for many commuters. For once, police registered a criminal case (rioting, arsoning and assault on government officials) and detained seven persons and sent four of them behind the bars.
A similar case was registered against 200 unidentified persons, but before police could take action against them, residents of Ismalia village fronted women protesters blocked national highway 10 again within 12 hours of previous blockade and also stopped two trains for two hours at the village railway station.
In another incident, a case of rioting was registered against 10 persons against residents of another village of Meham district when protest of villagers turned awry and they resorted to stone pelting on police and officials of electricity officials.
Owing to political clout that people of the assembly segment wield, police remain a mute spectator. A police official, on the condition of anonymity, said: "Despite knowing everything, we have to remain quiet as any action against protesters may not go down well with the political bosses of the area."
Villagers who have been bearing the brunt of power crisis feel justified in resorting to road blockade by calling it their last option to press their demand.
Ram Singh, a resident of Ismaila village near Sampla town, said: "A brief period of electricity As voltage remains low, inverters do not get charged. It makes the situation all the more precarious."
Inverters installed at our houses have been out of order, as voltage mostly remains low, and invertors hardly gets charged during short stint of electricity supply at night."
Inder Singh, a resident of Kharkada village under Kalanaur town, said: "We have to suspend domestic jobs such as chopping fodder for animals, milk and curd blending and other important jobs till night, and by midnight we get free and go to bed".
It is also worthy to mention that power situation in neighboring districts of Jind, Jhajjar, Mahendergarh, Bhiwani, Rewari and Sonepat is also the same, and protests have become order of the day here.
Timeline of protest in Rohtak.
1. September 1(Saturday night)- Residents of Ismalia village blocked national highway 10 on the frantic complaints of power shortage to their area. One roadways bus torched, another damaged including several private vehicles and police gypsy.
2. September 2(Sunday night) Irked over police registeration of cases and detaining of several villagers, residents of same village again blocked national highway, and blocked two trains going to New Delhi and Bhiwani for two hours.
3. Residents of Kharkra under Meham blocked Rohtak-Hisar road against power shortage on September 2. Police booked 60 persons for creating blockade on national highway. Residents of Kultana under Beri town also blocked Sampla-Beri road for demanding electricity to their village.
4. September 3: Residents of Masoodpur under Meham town blocked Meham-Beri road at night. Residents of Saasroli village, Sisar Khas and Bhalot also blocked roads near their respective roads.
Experts view that menace of road blockade and attack on power department officials in rural areas have become contagious and likely to esclate in coming times.
First Published: Sep 06, 2012 18:58 IST