The residents far flung Chassana Tehsil and adjoining villages today held a massive protest dharna to express their anger over Government's failure to provide them basic amenities, including road connectivity.
Hundreds of people of Bagankote, Dandakote and Sesal villages assembled on the Budhal-Mahore road and disrupted the traffic movement amid shouting of slogans in favour of their demands.
Eyewitnesses said that the protestors staged a sit-in and blocked the road for several hours. On seeing situation going out of hand a team of civil and police officers reached on the spot and tried to pacify the protestors. However the protestors refused to lift the dharna and demanded written assurance on their demands.
The protesting villagers said that the area has been meted out step motherly treatment over the decades when it comes to development and provision for basic amenities like electricity, drinking water, education and healthcare. "Let alone roads or any other big projects, our areas are deprived of even bare minimum amenities" said a protestor. He said the area has faced total neglect over the decades as nothing has been done in the area on the name of development.
"Every time when there are elections political parties make big promises but are never seen once they attain power. This is what we are experiencing for decades now" said elders of the area.
As the villagers refused to lift the blockade, the Reasi administration sent Tehsildar Mahore to convince them as presently the post of Tehsildar in Chassana tehsil is vacant.
However, the angry protestors threaten to continue sit in for indefinite period if deputy commissioner Reasi or any Minister come to the area and give them written assurance on their demands.
The locals told Greater Kashmir that tomorrow people from more villages will join the dharna , while they are also thinking to start indefinite hunger strike.