Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Faisalabad Riots break out against power outage,two killed, Loot-age,breakage

Protests also took a violent turn in Faisalabad, when residents furious over continuous loadshedding for twenty hours burnt tyres, blocked the roads and voiced slogans against the authorities. 
Faisalabad Riots break out against power outage,two killed, Loot-age,breakage
Faisalabad Riots break out against power outage,two killed, Loot-age,breakage
Frustrated with the persistent loadshedding, enraged residents torched the city police station gate and several police motorcycles in Chicawatni.

All commercial and business activity remained suspended for the second consecutive day. Traders and shopkeepers observed a shutter-down strike in several downtown neighbourhoods of the city, including Circular Road, Kotwali Road, Sitiana Road and Railway Road.

An unruly mob burnt tyres, stoned vehicular traffic and damaged public and private property. In some areas, protesters smashed windows of shopping centres, banks and destroyed ATMs.

Police clubbed protesters who were marching towards the headquarters of the Faisalabad Electric Power Company (Fesco) at Canal Bank Road, Jaranwala Road and Abdullahpur Chowk.

Duration of power outages has increased from 18 to 20 hours a day in Faisalabad district. Sargodha Road police station, meanwhile, registered a case against 60 people.

Police resorted to baton charge and heavy tear gas shelling to disperse the protestors; however this sparked a clash as protestors in retaliation pelted stones.

The excessive use of force by the police turned the peaceful demonstration into an angry mob that looted a beverages truck as well.

Protests also took place in several other cities of Punjab including Lahore.

The electricity shortfall in the country has risen to 8,500 MW and according to DG PEPCO, the supply of oil and gas is inadequate. The DG PEPCO adds that the responsibility of the power shortfall also rests with the Ministries of Petroleum and Finance.

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