Boniyar Killing: KEA calls for valley wide shutdown

Srinagar, Jan 03: Kashmir Economic Alliance Tuesday called for a shutdown across the Valley on Friday against Bonyar killing and erratic power supply.
Addressing a press conference here, chairman KEA, Muhammad Yaseen Khan asked why government can’t provide uninterrupted power supply this time, as it was being provided without hindrance in 2003.
“In 2003, there was proper schedule and uninterrupted power supply in the Valley. Why has situation worsened after nine years?” Khan asked.
He alleged that people were being pressurized and a fear psychosis prevails in the minds of the people so that they cannot speak against government and their policies.
The KEA chairman also demanded a white paper on power availability and taking back all the projects from NHPC.
Khan accused the government of staging a ‘drama’ and hiding their lacunas in order to blame over the innocent people. “If people will be provided with proper electricity schedule then they will pay electricity dues without any delay. Even if the government will hike in electricity tariff, people are going to pay it happily,” he added.
Condemning the yesterday’s firing incident at Boniyar in which a class 12th student was killed, Khan ridiculed the inquiry commission and said that inquiry of dozens of such commissions was still pending.
He alleged that Kashmir has become a police state and threatened that KEA would go for valley wide protest if the genuine demands were not met. The KEA General Secretary, Siraj Ahmad also condemned the Boniyar incident and termed it as an unfortunate incident on part of the government. “Now CISF personnel have started killing Kashmiris, tomorrow a Bihari or a Nepali will also kill anybody in Kashmir,” Ahmad said.
Providing the data and figures about the consumption of electricity in Kashmir, he said that Kashmir needs 1600 MW of electricity, out of that government is providing only 900 MW and leaving other 700 MW deficit. He also said that if government’s figures were considered factual there is only 75 MW electricity available in the valley in which lower Jhelum produces 40 MW, Upper Sindh 30 MW and Sumbal 5 MW.
Suggesting the state government to take over the projects from NHPC, he said there is no need to compensate them for it.

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