Siraha folk lock horns with NEA, halt traffic

Siraha, October 11:

Hundreds of locals, following a protracted altercation with workers of the Siraha branch of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), brought traffic to a halt at the Siraha bazaar, the headquarters of Siraha district, today. Protesting agianst the disruption in power supply in ward numbers 4, 5 and 6 of Siraha municipality, the locals staged a chakkajam at a road in front of the District Police Office (DPO) today and shouted slogans against the Chief District Officer.

The locals were protesting against the disruption in power supply in the three wards of the municipality on Tuesday. Over 900 consumers were deprived of electricity . The workers had also hauled away electric wires. The workers had severed power supply following an altercation with the locals on Monday.

The locals accused NEA of resorting to irregularities. The NEA staffers have halted work, demanding that those consumers who manhandled NEA staffers on Monday be punished.

“Consumers who came to the office to complain about erratic power supply on Monday attacked us, the NEA staffers said. We are finding it difficult to discharge our duties in an unfavourable situation,” said Siraha NEA office chief Sanjay Gupta.

Gupta had filed a complaint against the locals at the District Police Office yesterday. Responding to the complaint, the DPO called the locals for discussion today. An irate local, Mohammad Sajjad, said: “We are compelled to launch the movement due to the shady activities of the NEA. The people got agitated when NEA chief Gupta did not attend the meeting at the District Police Office.”