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Against all odds activists protest for good roads, infrastructure in Okhla

Four days ago when a few people started a sit-in protest nearby Jamia Nagar police station many passersby and Okhla watchers wrote them off not taking them seriously.

They thought that after a few hours the protest would peter out as usually happens. But not so as the activists, mostly disgruntled former AAP members of Okhla, continued their peaceful protest against all odds: bad weather and external pressure to end the strike, said sources.

Today their protest for good roads and infrastructure in Okhla entered into day 4 with a few dissatisfied residents turning up at the spot today showing solidarity.

It is another story that these activists who started their peaceful protest for better roads and infrastructure have failed to gather enough crowd. Despite this fact the protest has been successful, said Okhla watchers.

And surprisingly on the last day many residents turned up. Prominent among them was Irfanulla Khan who once was an AAP MLA candidate from Okhla, said eyewitnesses, adding that he even addressed the crowd.

For months residents have been lamenting about poor roads not only in Abul Fazal Enclave but across the locality.

Commuting has become the most difficult thing with some vehicles, like e-rickshaw, going turtle with residents sustaining minor injuries. And the situation gets worse when it rain, said residents on the condition of anonymity fearing reprisal. 

They said something positive should happen as how long will they suffer and continue to travel on such bad roads with many potholes. Also there are fears that the stagnant water can lead to spread of disease in the locality as several dengue cases have been spotted in the city.

The activists included Sultan Ahmad, Afzal Ansari, Taseer Ahmad, Qadeer Qureshi, Shariq Hussain and others.

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