Police registered criminal cases against 12 protesters for allegedly instigating locals to ransack shops and an office of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) in Bherkhurd on Monday.
Over 200 villagers from five union councils of Khakhi took to the streets over frequent power outages. They ransacked shops, pelted stones at government buildings and blocked the main road, suspending traffic.
The charged protesters attacked an office of Pesco and set ablaze official records, forcing employees of the power company to seek shelter in nearby houses. The protesters also chanted slogans against Pesco and the government for their failure to ensure uninterrupted power supply to their areas. The protesters claimed that their areas have been worst hit by loadshedding, which has affected their business and daily lives.
They warned that if the Pesco officials did not stop power outages, they would ransack the local grid station and all Pesco offices in the area. The protesters later dispersed peacefully.
Meanwhile, the Khaki police registered criminal cases under sections 341 and 427 of the PPC against 12 men for allegedly instigating the general public to protest. Those booked included Nazir, Naseer, Mubashar,Shah Abdul Razaq, Farukh Shah, Zeb, Taufiq and Taufique.
However, none of the people booked were arrested till the filing of this report.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2012.
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