By EESHAN PEER
SOPORE: People in Spore are raising bunkers around the electricity transformers in their localities to safeguard them from being targeted by the government forces.
Locals in Bhatpora, Arampora, Chinkipora, Chankhan and Kranshivan colonies have erected three to four feet high fence of sand bags around the transformers.
They say the forces have targeted transformers with bullets in the villages where pro-freedom rallies have taken place.
The troopers, they said, recently damaged four electricity transformers in Kranshivan colony of Sopore town a few days ago after a pro-freedom rally was held at Panzipora area.
Many villages have been reeling under darkness due to the damage caused to their transformers, they said.
“To safeguard them from bullets, it is better that we place some protection around them,” said a local. In Kashmir most of the transformer damage occurs due to overloading during winters.
According to reports, Jammu and Kashmir has the highest number of damaged transformers each year as compared to other Indian states.
It was reported that during 2011-12, around 6, 000 transformers were damaged across the state, while their number has been over 9,000 a year for the last three years.
Many south Kashmir villages too have complained of damage to the transformers by the government forces.