Baramulla: The residents of Hanjivera area of Pattan on Monday morning staged a protest against the department of public health engineering (PHE) against the non-availability of drinking water in the area. The protesters including women and children blocked the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road for hours due to which traffic movement was disrupted for several hours. The protesters were demanding restoration of the water supply in the area which is blocked for several weeks.
“We have no drinking water for past several weeks. We are forced to drink dirty water of nearby streams in this holy month of Ramzan. The department is sleeping” a protester told reporters.
Later a police team reached the spot and used batons to disperse the protesters.