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Powerless and helpless in Sahibabad

Staff Reporter

Residents slapped, abused by U.P. police

GHAZIABAD: A large number of people, including women, protesting against erratic power supply in the Shalimar Garden area of Sahibabad here were allegedly roughed up by the police on Monday.

The protesters had gathered near a power station in the evening to protest against long, unscheduled power cuts in the area for the past few days. They alleged that the local police roughed them up and detained a dozen of them.

The detainees were allegedly slapped and abused at the police station.“There was no electricity in our locality on Monday since morning. We tried to call up the officials concerned but there was no response. So some of us went to the Bijli Ghar in the evening to find out the reason for the power failure. But the police personnel deployed near the station told us to return home. We did not heed their advice and some more residents joined us. Soon some police vehicles reached the spot. They took a dozen of us to the police station and harassed us. We were let off several hours later,” said one of the detainees.

Unprovoked

“We were standing outside the power station and had not resorted to any kind of vandalism or slogan-shouting. The police acted without any provocation, abused us and treated us like hard-core criminals,” charged another.

Another local resident said: “The power situation in the area has always been bad, but it has deteriorated after the Lok Sabha elections. The erratic power supply has made our lives miserable. The long power cuts have even rendered the power inverters ineffective.”



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