SRINAGAR: Local residents of Khonmoh in the outskirts of the city today locked out the Industrial Estate premises and allegedly roughed up several unit holders to press for their demand of uninterrupted electricity supply in the residential areas.
"The Khonmoh Industrial estate has been locked out by the local residents. The agitated mob also roughed up several unit holders and their staff for continuing work inside the estate," a unit holder told PTI.
He claimed that the local residents threatened the unit holders of "dire consequences" if anyone resumed work inside the Industrial Estate before the goverment accedes to their demand of providing uninterrupted power supply to Khonmoh and adjoining areas.
Bilal Ahmad, a local resident, said they had voted for the PDP candidate in the hope of getting basic amenities like water and electricity.
"The industrial unit is getting 24x7 power supply we only get a glimpse of it every day. We met the local MLA (Mohammad Ashraf Mir), who is also MoS Power, but nothing has happened so far. We have been forced to take this action," Ahmad said.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone admitted that local residents were protesting against the alleged erratic power supply in the area.
"There was a situation in the morning, which has almost been resolved now," Lone said.
He, however, said he had no knowlegde of any unit holder getting manhandled by the protestors. "I will look into the matter and if found true, appropriate action will be taken," he added.