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IIOJK in focus

Indian Army called in as blackout, strike continue in IIOJK

Srinagar, December 20 (KMS): The authorities have called the Indian Army to assist the restoration of electricity in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir after talks with the agitating Power Development Department (PDD) employees have failed.

The agitation by the PDD employees has left tens of thousands of consumers across occupied Jammu and Kashmir to reel under darkness as the employees have suspended all the works till their demands are fulfilled.

Divisional Commissioner Jammu has shot a letter to General Officer in Commanding (GoC) of Yol based 9 Corps, which is responsible for Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts and GOC of Nagrota based 16 Corps, which have jurisdiction over rest seven districts of Jammu division including Chenab Belt and Pir Panchal region, to assist the administration to man electric installations/supplies in Jammu division.

“It is brought to your notice that due to a strike by Electricity Department personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, essential services have been severely affected in the Jammu region. We would like to hereby requisition the Indian army to assist in restoration of said essential services by provisioning manpower to man critical electricity stations and water supply sources,” the letter by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr Raghav Langer reads.

“We appealed to the striking employees to call off strike and in the meantime we are also taking help from the army and other agencies for restoration of power. If anyone tries to hurdle the power restoration, they will not be spared,” Singh said.

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