Srinagar, December 17: In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have imposed Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code, around the project area of controversial under-construction Kishen Ganga Hydro Electric Project in Bandipora district, prohibiting assembly of more than four people.
The section 144 has been imposed to quell the protests by locals against forcible vacation of their land for the project.
An official spokesman told media in Srinagar “For continuation of construction work on the project and to maintain public tranquility at Kralpora Mantrigam, District Magistrate Bandipora has issued prohibitory orders for imposition of Section 144 CrPC around the site.”
The restrictions have been imposed as the residents, demanding adequate compensation for land threatened to intensify the agitation and stage a sit-in outside the project.
The residents claimed that a total of 38 hectares of land had come under the project for which Rs 40 lakh were paid as compensation per hectare, while as the compensation for the land taken in Gurez for the project has been Rs 1.20 crore per hectare.
They also said that the waste from the project site was diverted to Madumati and Bunar streams as a result of which the water had been contaminated, thereby becoming a source for spreading diseases.