RAWALPINDI: The unruly protesters enraged over the prolonged power outages on Friday blocked main Peshawar Road at three points for more than three hours. The frenzy protesters attacked at a police post in Naseerabad Area smashed traffic signals besides damaging public transport vehicles.
The police reached at the spot to control the enraged protestors but failed to do so. The protestors started pelting stones at the police, which in the beginning was at the run but later resorted to tear gas and aerial firing.
The police also baton charged the protests but the enraged protestors were seemed uncontrollable.
The protestors started gathering at Churr Chowk, Pirwadhai Morr soon after the Friday prayers and chanted slogans against the federal government for failing to control the unscheduled and untimely power outages.
They said that they have left with no option but to come on the roads as they are passing from the worst amid scorching summer weather and no electricity.
The residents of Pirwadhai and Churr Chowk have been facing unannounced load shedding for 10 to 12 hours daily. The frequent power outages have made the life miserable for the residents in the summer days, said Nazeer Khan one of the protestors.
He said the residents were out to express their anger and agony as the authorities concerned were not able to control the power cuts that had made the life of children miserable and this had also led to the water shortage in the area.
Another protester said that they have been receiving inflated electricity bills but not getting electricity. We cannot bear the heat without electricity.
We are facing numerous problems during day and night, but the government is not doing anything concrete to resolve the issue and the government should take care of the public or resign immediately.
The violent protestors caused massive traffic jam on the main road connecting Rawalpindi Cantonment areas with Islamabad and northern parts of the country for over two to three hours.
The protestors mostly young men and children burnt tyres, smashed windowpanes and pelted vehicles with stones.
City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Kokhar also reached the spot with a heavy contingent of the police. He said that the police are trying to control the situation and aimed at dispersing the protestors peacefully to avoid any further untoward situation.
Negotiations were held among the protestors and authorities that ended successfully after assurance from the authorities concerned that unscheduled load shedding will be ended.
The business community closed down its activities during the protest rally while a cameraman of a private TV channel was also injured in attempt to cover the protest.
Some weeks ago the enraged protestors in the same area had attacked at Naseerabad Grid station and ransacked the offices of WAPDA and burnt the eight-room of office record and also damaged vehicle of Rescue 1122.