Pithoragarh, October 30
Disappointed over not given attention by the local public representatives, the agitators at Berinag, demanding 35 km-long motor road, today appealed to state Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh.

“We met Hridayesh yesterday and apprised her of our condition. She assured us that she will soon visit the area with the Chief Minister to solve the problems of people,” said Basant Ballabh Pathak, adviser of the agitation.
Medical worker Vikram Verma, who examined the fasting agitators, said weight of one of the agitators Mathura Dutt Pathak had lost 5 kg during the 10 days of the hunger strike. “If the agitator does not break his fast, his condition will further deteriorate,” said Verma.
Meanwhile, the agitators have alleged that local MP Pradeep Tamta is neglecting the Pungrau valley as he visited Berinag, Kanalichina, Didihat and Askote last week but did not come to listen of the agitators who represent 42,000 villagers from 27 village panchayats. “The MP had assured the villagers on various problems, including construction of road for which the villagers are agitating,” said Dinesh Arya, president of the Pungrao Ghati Ekta Manch.

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