Police on Saturday fired tear smoke shells to disperse demonstrators who had blocked Bandipora-Sopore road in Kaloosa village to protest frequent power failure in their village.
Demaning repair of the damaged transformer, the protestors chanted anti-PDD slogans and hampered movement of traffic for quite some time.
The police fired several smoke shells to disperse the protesters. However, according to witnesses, the protesters resisted the `onslaught' for some time. The protesters accused the police of ransacking residential houses in the village. "The police went berserk and broke window panes of several houses. Even women were not spared," the residents alleged.
However, a senior police official denied the allegations as baseless. "No house was ransacked and nobody was beaten," he said. Earlier, the residents staged a protest demonstration against the Power Development Department (PDD) and their legislator for "failing" to repair the transformer. They blocked Bandipora-Sopore road.
They alleged that their MLA has failed them on every front. "During elections, he had made lofty promises but after winning the elections he has gone into hiding. He couldn't even ask the PDD to repair the transformer of our village," they said.
Meanwhile, residents of Muslim Abad also complained that their transformer had developed some technical snag but it is yet to be repaired.
"Three days ago, our transformer got damaged but the department has failed to repair it, speaking volumes about their seriousness toward public sufferings," the residents said.
Meanwhile, the residents of Nusoo village had blocked Srinagar-Bandipora road to protest against PDD for failing to repair a transformer which was damaged a week ago.
"Our transformer got damaged a week ago and despite our repeated pleas the transformer is yet to be repaired which makes us suffer immensely in this harsh winter. We had approached the concerned department several times but they failed to redress our grievances as they failed to repair the transformer," said Ishfaq Ahmad, a local resident of Nusoo.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Sajad Hussain said that presently power infrastructure in Bandipora is far better than the other districts of the valley. "Seventeen transformers have been damaged over the past one week here and they would be repaired and dispatched to respective areas within a week," he added.