Angry protesters turn violent as loadshedding worsens in Punjab

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 7:21:31 by

Angry protesters turn violent as loadshedding worsens in Punjab

The protests in Punjab are spreading across province as the loadshedding gets worse. Started well before a week, violent demonstrations engulfed Lahore, Faisalabad Sargodha and other major cities today.

In Sargodha, that was reported to remain less agitated over past few days, demonstrators resorted to vandalism as well as arson as they threw away merchandise out of a number of shops and set them on fire.

In Lahore, witnessing no different scenario, the angry protestors attacked Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) office. Besides prolonged loadshedding, addition of fuel adjustments surcharge into their electricity bills also
left them enraged.

Ravaging the office, the protestors broke down furniture items and set them on fire. Reportedly, the demonstrators first requested the authorities to withdraw the surcharges, but they resorted to violence when all such requests
were turned down.

As the charged mob broke almost everything apart, the executive engineer LESCO office called in the police who later on forced the angry demonstrators out of the office building.

Just like Lahore and Sargodha, daily-wagers flooded the streets in Faisalabad and protested against unscheduled loadshedding. They were demonstrating against the unfulfilled assurance on part of Faisalabad Electric Supply Company
(FESCO) to end the outage.

As the protests spread, the mob poured onto Samundari Road, Sudhar Bypass, Nerdwala Road and Sargodha road. As the loadshedding is expected increase with rising temperature in summer, the protests are also expected to continue.

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