The residents of Salamabad in north Kashmir’s Uri subdivision Tuesday staged a protest demonstration against the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) authorities for not providing a fire tender to extinguish a burning shop in the area.
Dozens of protesting residents blocked the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road near Salambad for hours. They were protesting against NHPC authorities for not providing a fire tender to douse the flames when a shop was gutted on Monday night damaging property worth lacs.
Ishtiyaq Ahmad, a local resident of Salamabad who was part of the protests said that fire broke out in a shop belonging to Liyaqat Ali on Monday night and when people approached nearby NHPC office for fire tenders, they refused the same.
“We provided land for NHPC and according to guidelines NHPC is bound to provide each and every facility to the inhabitants of the area. Last night we called them for help but they did not provide fire extinguishing vehicle. The CISF security guard at the main gate refused us entry. We protested to lodge a complaint against the authorities of NHPC,” Ishtiyaq said.
However NHPC officials denied the claim made by locals. The protesting people said that NHPC has a duty to provide them the fire tenders because they are using their lands, roads, water and other things and it is their responsibility to help the locals.
The residents of Salamabad requested the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla to constitute a team to probe the incident and take stringent action against NHPC officials for not providing a fire tender.
Later, a team of police reached the spot and assured them that they will take up the matter with the higher officials.