NAUNDERO: The local SEPCO authorities, after sit-in announcements by the citizens of Naundero under the banner of Shehri Action Committee, has reduced electricity load shedding in surrounding villages from 20 hours to 12 hours late last night but 16-hour power outage was still continued in the hometown of Bhutto leaders.
Ghulam Hyder Narejo of PPP-SB, Manzoor Mangi of Sindhi Adabi Sangat and others told PPI on telephone that it was an attempt to sabotage their struggle and divert the attention of the local people and the villagers who had undertaken to participate in the planned rally, sit-in and protest demonstration scheduled for tomorrow (Monday) against unprecedented load shedding in this extremely hot weather and lawlessness.
They said that last night ruling PPP’s local office-bearers held a meeting in which they also persuaded the citizens not to protest and help them recover the dues and installation of meters at each and every house but they were told that first power outage in Naundero should be reduced forthwith and then the citizens and Shehri Action Committee members would go with them door to door and ask the people to clear their bills and get the meters installed.
They said that it was also turned down by the PPP office-bearers led by Sikander Katper, Dileep and others due to which they were of the view that they (PPP office bearers) were also involved in effecting prolonged load shedding because they got sympathies of the people that during their era there was no power failures at all.
Mangi & Narejo further said that they had established a protest camp today outside the main gate of the Naundero grid station where they would start sit-in on Monday morning which would continue till the power supply was maintained at par with other towns and cities i-e 8-hour load shedding as announced by the federal government.
They further alleged that SEPCO authorities had so far not taken any action against their employees who forced the people to steal power and filled their pockets and this practice was still being continued but the consumers were being accused of power theft and default.
They said that a large rally would be taken out tomorrow and a memorandum would be handed over to DSP and SHO Naundero police station to maintain law and order and then the participants would go to grid station where they would held protest and start sit-in outside the main entrance.
They said that they will remain peaceful as they are demanding their right but the rulers had ignored them.