Noida: A day after residents of Supertech Ecotech Village II protested against lack of water supply and formed a human chain near Kisan Chowk disrupting traffic, police on Wednesday booked them for rioting, wrongful restraint and using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty.

Those booked under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 353 (criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 341 (wrongful restraint) also include three office-bearers of the Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA) -- vice-president Sanjeev Saxena, secretary Manoj Kukreti and member Parmeshwar Dubey. Four Ecotech residents were also named in the FIR, along with 60-70 unnamed people.

In fact, the residents of the society have been grappling with disruption in water supply since Saturday night after one of the two lines of the Greater Noida Authority (GNIDA) got dysfunctional due to a broken pipe. They alleged that they were forced to take to the streets as their grievances were not being resolved by the any government agency over the past four days.

Ajay Singh, one of the residents of Tower C5, said there are four main water pumps in the society. "Of the four, three do not work and only one pump is functional. As the water supply connection provided by the GNIDA failed to work on Saturday, there was no water supply in the society. Later when the supply was resumed, the only main functional pump could not supply water to all the 21 towers."

Meanwhile, soon after the news about the FIR reached the residents, a group of them met district magistrate BN Singh on Wednesday and demanded that the water supply be restored and the charges against residents be dropped. "Residents were asked to approach the GNIDA as the apartment owners act says that the Authority should mediate in such issues," he told TOI.

The residents subsequently met GNIDA additional CEO Deepak Rattan, after which they were assured that the builder was instructed to resume water supply. When contacted, a spokesperson for Supertech denied that the pumps were not functioning. "The residents panicked as all of them tried to get water together after the connection was fixed."

On the FIR, SSP Vaibhav Krishna said, "We admit they had a genuine grievance but disrupting traffic was no way to get it redressed."

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