Shimla: Police in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla detained two people and booked scores of others as hundreds of angry residents protested against the acute water shortage that the popular hill station has been facing for the last ten days.
About 100 people blocked the Shimla-Kalka National Highway near Kachhi Ghatti twice in the day. “Cops had pacified the Kacchi Ghatti residents when they tried to block the traffic in the morning but they took to the roads again in the forenoon,” Shimla’s superintendent of police Omapati Jamwal said.
Two people, who were detained by the police at the Sadar police station, were later released.
The police also booked more than 60 residents for unlawful assembly in Chotta Shimla, Talland, Sanjauli, Chakkar, Kaithu, Deputy Commissioner Office and Kacchi Ghatti.
“There is no water in our houses and when we took to the roads, the police misbehaved with us,” Prashant Sharma, a local, said. A group of people from Benmore municipal ward also went to the residence of chief minister Jai Ram Thakur to complain about the water shortage.
“Our locality was without water for the tenth day today,” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor Kimi Sood said. “We had no option but to approach the CM as the municipal corporation and IPH official are not paying any attention to our pleas,” she said adding that Thakur promised to resolve the problem.
The chief minister earlier reviewed the water situation in Shimla and directed officials to take adequate measures.