Baramulla: Score of people including women and children staged a protest against the department of Public Health and Engineering at Zangam area of Pattan in Baramulla district on Tuesday.
The protesters shouting slogans against the department alleged that their villages were without drinking water from past several weeks and officials were not talking any action to provide relief to public.
The protesting people blocked the Srinagar Muzafarabad road for an hour. Later a team of officials including Tehsildar Pattan Syed Faheem and SHO Pattan Mohammad Saleem reached the spot and tried to open the highway by motivating the protesters.
The Tehsildar arranged a water tanker to serve the village on daily basis till the supply was restored by the department. However the move failed to pacify the protestors who stopped the traffic again. Later police chased away the protestors with tear smoke shells.