By: Satyakam Bharti
Kullu: Once again hinting that not all is well with hydro-electric power projects being executed across Himachal Pradesh, construction company Gammon India’s vice-resident Giancarlo Villa was seriously injured by some unidentified men at Thalot in Kullu district on Sunday evening.
According to the victim’s driver, the masked assailants stopped them outside the tunnel at Thalot and dragged Villa out of the car and thrashed him. The Italian national was later rushed to Kullu hospital from where he was referred to Chandigarh. A case was registered against unidentified persons at Aut.
The district police said as of now it was not possible to say who the assailants were and what the motive behind the attack was.
However, sources said it could be the fallout of unrest within the company or the frustration among locals who are seemingly unhappy with the construction work going on in the area. It may be remembered that about three years back, an NHPC official too was beaten up by some unidentified persons in a similar manner.
Gammon is undertaking work at the Parbati project. There has already been lot of unrest at various power projects with locals opposing the projects tooth and nail as in the case of Wangtu project. Some projects like the Chamera Project have been marred by labour unrest. The attack on the foreign national will further add to the uncertainty veiling these power projects otherwise considered to be powering the state to prosperity.