Workers of a power loom factory in Faisalabad staged a protest against unannounced loadshedding on Tuesday, blocking Samundari Road and assaulting unidentified men who had opened fire on them.
The protestors had grouped near Novelty Bridge on Samundari Road and chanted slogans against Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO). The protestors also burnt tyres and destroyed signboards.
An unidentified man started aerial firing during the protest and was beaten up by the protestors, he had to jump into the canal to save himself.
A heavy contingent of police and armoured vehicles arrived on the scene.
The protestors stated that one shift at the factories had already been finished and duration of loadshedding had been increased to 16 hours during the last one week.
They said that this had caused a loss to the livelihood of many people and textile factories were also being shut down.