Protest against acute power shortage continues in Bihar

Patna, March 27 (IANS) The protest against acute power shortages continued in Bihar Sunday for the third consecutive day with angry people blocking roads, ransacking electricity board offices and burning rubber tyres, police said.

Hundreds of people in Sheikhpura, Saharsa, Muzaffarpur and Bhagalpur districts protested and reports of sporadic incidents reached here.

‘Angry people took to the roads to protest against lack of power. People forced a shutdown in Sheikhpura town and attacked and ransacked electricity offices in Sheikhpura and Saharsa,’ a police officer said.

Bihar Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav Saturday made it clear that the power situation cannot improve unless Bihar’s own generation and central allocation is increased substantially.

Acute power shortage coupled with soaring mercury has sparked protests in over a dozen districts, including Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur, Purnia, Kishanganj, Gaya and Saharsa, since Friday.

Bhagalpur witnessed violent protests Friday and Saturday when angry people, including women and children, forced shutdown of the town and pelted stones at vehicles of district officials and police.

‘Some protesters attacked public property, set ablaze vehicles of the electricity department and ransacked its offices,’ a police officer in Bhagalpur said.

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