REASI, Apr 29: Up in arms against alleged negligence of the Power Development Department, locals of village Matlot in Thuroo tehsil today held a massive protest and blocked Arnas-Reasi road for several hours.
The protesters said that Karyana shop of one Jarnail Singh, son of Basant Ram of Matlot, was burnt due to electric short circuit, which happened due to alleged mismanagement and failure on part of PDD. This was not the first incident of such kind in the area, they added.
In the shop, material worth lakhs of rupees was reduced to ashes and PDD is responsible for the loss, they further said.
The protesting villagers raised slogans against the PDD and demanded action against the erring officials besides compensation in all such cases.
The protesters dispersed off after assurance of necessary action by Naib Tehsildar Thuroo.