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Angry protests break out in India's capital New Delhi over power blackouts

Published on Jun 11, 2014 3:58 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Angry protests broke out in India's capital overnight over power blackouts as summer temperatures soar, fuelling concerns of a repeat of an electricity crisis two years ago, the police said on Wednesday.

Residents took to the streets at around midnight on Tuesday in New Delhi's north-east, attacking vehicles as frustration mounts over the power cuts, a senior officer said.

"So far we have arrested three people for damaging a bus and a gypsy (a jeep) while protesting power cuts in Bhajanpura area," commissioner of Delhi police V.V. Chaudhary told AFP.

Power outages mainly in northern India have been triggered by a spike in demand as temperatures soar, leaving a dilapidated electricity infrastructure unable to cope.

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