Inflated Power Bills Spark Protests

Srinagar - Hundreds of women took to streets in uptown Maisuma area of the city Wednesday afternoon to protest what they described as inflated power tariff bills and scarcity of essential commodities, including cooking gas and rations. 

Eyewitnesses said the protesters appeared in Budshah chowk and burnt tyres to disrupt movement of vehicular traffic along the MA Road for about an hour. Although police tried to persuade them to disperse, they continued squatting on the highway. 

The protesters alleged they used to get bills to the tune of Rs 180 but these had been inflated to Rs 1,370 this month. The protest resulted in heavy traffic jams around the area. 

However, the protesters dispersed only after the authorities assured them of early redress of their grievances. (KNS)

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