Raja Rehber Jamal
A shutdown call against alleged high-handedness of police against youth, including Namazies and lawyers who participated in last night’s protest against Power Development Department (PDD) paralysed normal life in Doda with most of the town observing a strike and participated in protest rally.
The shutdown call was given by Seerat Committee Doda who alleged that District Administration and Police use brutal force against the youth without any provocation.
The youth who were protesting against the PDD for unscheduled curtailment in the month of Holy Ramadan and especially during prayer times were allegedly cane charged by the police last night at 9:30 PM outside PDD office.
To show their resentment, today a complete shutdown was observed in Doda town and a peaceful protest rally was also held, demanding immediate action against the erring police officials and civil administration, who resorted to unprovoked cane charge.
The protesters were also demanding uninterrupted power supply during the month of Ramadan.
“Administration is delebrately resorting to unscheduled power cuts in this holy month, perhaps to please their communal boses. I have never seen such power crisis in my life as we the people of Chenab Valley in general and Doda in particular are being literally pushed into the dark age,despite being the biggest generator of the hydroelectric power in the state,” said former Home Minister and President Seerat Committee Doda Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy.
“It’s unfortunate and pathetic on part of District Administration and Police for using brutal force against the youth ,who were using their democratic right. The erring officials should be booked at the earliest otherwise this issue will snowball into a massive agitation,” he added.
Meanwhile nearly 3000 people participated in the protest rally which passed through the main market of Doda town raising slogans against PDD, Police and District Administration.
The protesters later gathered at old bus stand Doda where senior National Conference leader and Seerat Committee President Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy addressed the rally.
Suharwardy while giving ultimatum to the administration to restore the smooth power supply without further delay also asked them to stay away from the communal approach.
Later, Seerat Committee President appealed to business community to open their shops in view of ongoing holy month of Ramadan.
Raja Rehber Jamal