Srinagar, December 24: The stand-off between people of Bandipora and the puppet administration over the Kishanganga power project entered 14th day, today.
Despite Section 144 Criminal Code Procedure in place, the locals affected by the project have laid siege at the various operational sites in Matrigam where the controversial 330 Megawatt Kishengaga Hydroelectric Power Project is coming up.
Though authorities tried to crackdown on protesters, they offered stiff resistance.
Witness told media that huge contingents of Indian police and paramilitary CRPF reached the spot to disperse the protesting villagers but were unsuccessful. The protesters chanted slogans and intensified protests after seeing the cops.
Condemning the highhandedness of the authorities, the villagers demanded that instead of harassing and threatening them, the authorities should address their demands.
“It is unfortunate that India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) and administration is behaving like dictators without caring for the genuine demands and problems of people,” said Muhammad Sultan, a villager.
The villagers are demanding fulfillment of agreement that NHPC entered into with people about employment to local residents, implementation of rehabilitation plan, enhancement of land compensation, environmental protection besides evacuation of eight kanals of land occupied by NHPC housing colony.