Scores of men and women Monday blocked the Wazir Bagh road against the continuous scarcity of drinking water in the area. Reports said that women and men disrupted the vehicular movement in Wazir Bagh area of Srinagar.
Even after assurances given by police, the protestors did not disperse and continued their protest. “There is a hotel in the area which is sucking the water supply of the whole area. The proprietor of the hotel uses high power ‘water motor’ accumulating thousands of liters of water at the same time,” one of the residents told CNS.
Protestors alleged that police without any reason beat them up. “My husband Ali Muhammad, who retired from police department recently, was thrashed by police personnel. He along with his brother were rushed to hospital for treatment,” Nasreen Ali said.
The former police officer said that police beat his brother Abdul Rahim who is being treated in the hospital. “Our locality sans drinking water facility and we demand that action should be initiated against the private Hotel owner who is sucking the water supply of the area,” he said.
Meanwhile, police refuted the allegations that it used brute force against the protestors. A police official told CNS that police amicably pacified the protestors and assured then they would take up the matter with the concerned department to ensure regular water supply in the area.