BANDIPORA: Hundreds of villagers in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district held protest demonstrations against National Hydroelectric Power Corporation’s (NHPC) decision to install high-voltage transmission towers and nocturnal raids conducted by the police to arrest local youngsters in an attempt to force them to give up resistance to the NHPC plans.
The protesters on Wednesday blocked Srinagar- Bandipora highway to protest the arrest of four youth during nocturnal police raids, sources said.
Villagers of Lawaypora and Panzigam blocked the road near Kaloosa and Watapora halting the traffic movement from both sides for hours.
The protesters alleged that the police detained four youth of Lawaypora village on the directions of district administrator for opposing the construction of high voltage transmission towers in the area.
They alleged that they were constantly facing harassment at the hands of district administration for opposing the building of high voltage transmission towers in the area.
“Every time, we oppose the construction of towers, the administration threatens us and many times has pressed in police to intimidate us into submission,” a protestor said.
The villagers demand the high voltage towers be built outside residential areas.
Pertinently, the NHPC is installing high voltage transmission towers in Lawaypora, Khayar and other villages as part of 330 mega watts Kishenganga Power Project. In the past, too, the authorities have faced a lot of resentment for betraying the promises of employment to local villagers and offering them inadequate or no compensation.
Sources said that a youngster who formally lodged a complaint against the construction of transmission towers was threatened by the police that he would be booked under PSA and jailed.