Shimla: Police have arrested five people in connection with the clash on Sunday evening between members of â€˜Saal Ghaati Bachao Sangharsh Morchaâ€™ and contractors of a small hydro power project on Hul stream in Chamba district that had left five people injured.
District police superintendent Madusudhan over phone disclosed that the five persons arrested for the clash were Neeraj, Ghanshyam, Narinder Handa, Anil Singh and Anil Gupta. â€œAll were produced in court and a 5-day police remand has been obtained,â€ he said.
Of the five persons who were injured on Sunday, one is said to have been referred to RP Tanda medical college for treatment, sources revealed. Those injured were Ratan Chand, a Zila Parishad member, Man Singh, an up-pradhan of Jadera Panchayat and three residents Hemraj, Laxman and Manoj.
Demanding stern action against those responsible for causing injury to people who are opposed to the power project, a delegation of Communist Party of India (Marxists) consisting of Kuldeep Tanwar and Sanjay Chauhan sought putting on hold the small hydro projects in Hul valley of Chamba as they were against the interest of the residents. Later the party members also held a protest demonstration in the city.
On the other hand environmentalist group Himalaya Nithi Abhiyan has demanded a review of the entire policy of handing over small hydropower projects as it was overriding the interests of local people, who were at the receiving end from musclemen of the companies that had been allotted these projects.
Photos and Video by: Swaran Deepak Raina.