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Powermen go on 72-hr work boycott

MEMBERS OF the Powermen Joint Action Committee have resorted to 72-hour work boycott and have also threatened to snap power supply to the Kanpur zone if action was taken against any of the UPPCL employees.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 00:23 IST

MEMBERS OF the Powermen Joint Action Committee have resorted to 72-hour work boycott and have also threatened to snap power supply to the Kanpur zone if action was taken against any of the UPPCL employees.

The tough stand taken by the committee is the fallout of a tiff between chairman of Non-Conventional Electricity Development Authority (NEDA) and SP MLA Mahesh Trivedi and sub-divisional officer of UPPCL Arvind Kumar over meter reading in a rice mill.

Even the meeting between DM of Kanpur Dehat Rajeev Agarwal and office-bearers of the committee failed to end the stand off.

A daylong sit-in was also staged at the Govind Nagar headquarters of the UPPCL by members of the Joint Action Committee. The agitators demanded action against the NEDA chairman for allegedly assaulting the SDO of power corporation Arvind Kumar when the latter went to note the meter reading of Jai Hanuman Rice Mill.

Local coordinator of the committee LN Dixit, who is spearheading the agitation in Kanpur Dehat, informed that if actions were taken against Arvind Kumar or any other employee during the strike period, power corporation staff would go on lightning strike.

He said if the strike took place then power supply in Kanpur Zone, which comprises the districts of Farrukhabad, Kannauj, Auraiyya, Kanpur Dehat and Kanpur Nagar, would be snapped.

Meanwhile, in a separate meeting held at Shakti Bhawan in Lucknow, members of the Joint Action Committee have demanded action against Mahesh Trivedi and his acolytes. Senior leader of the committee Shailendra Dubey said a fax had been sent to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav urging him to take action Trivedi and his henchmen.

Members of the committee have also apprised principal secretary (Power) AK Khurana and managing director of the power corporation Avnish Awasthi about the entire incident and demanded immediate action against those responsible.

The committee also expressed concern over the increasing incidents of assault on power employees all over the State and mob attack on substations.

The attack on engineer AK Mittal in Moradabad in November last by a former MLA and SP MP Ateeq Ahmad’s assault of UPPCL general manager Harishchand Singh was also raised during the meeting.

“Till date no action has been taken against any of the accused,” Dubey told the officials.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 00:23 IST