A dharna was organised by women under the aegis of AP Mahila Samakhya at the EPDCL Office, opposite Green Park hotel, to protest against the steep hike in power tariff and levying of surcharge on Saturday.

Addressing the gathering, the Samakhya district secretary A. Vimala flayed the lopsided policies of the Central and the State governments that were putting the commonman to hardship.

Women, who tried to barge into the office building, were taken into custody by the police and taken to the Two Town Police Station.