6 injured in protest over garbage dumping at Achin

SRINAGAR: At least six persons including officials of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) were injured on Monday when residents of Achin, Saedpora, here attacked the garbage-laden vehicles that were on way to the dumping site.
The people took to streets and blocked the road leading to the site for the third consecutive day.
Police and paramilitary CRPF men were deployed in the locality to secure the route to the dumping site. However, the protesters managed to create roadblocks and hampered the vehicles’ movement towards the site.
The forces resorted to baton charge and teargas shelling to disperse the protesters, who retaliated by pelting stones on the vehicles.
The clashes resulted in the injuries.
The clashes spread to the adjoining areas and continued till late evening.
The residents called an indefinite strike three days ago in protest against dumping of solid waste at the Achin dumping site. They demand relocation of the dumping site to elsewhere in the city.
The SMC, according to sources, has been dumping the waste in open after two of its landfill cells got exhausted.
One of workers at the dumping site told Kashmir Reader that the stink was being generated by the “leachate coming out of the leaking landfill cells”.
“There is a lot of leachate oozing out from the existing cells. At present, piled-up garbage could not be treated due to lack of segregator,” the worker said, pleading anonymity.

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