GUJRAT - The prolonged spell of power outages have triggered mass protests in the district in which angry protestors torched furniture and records of the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) sub-offices over the past two days, The Nation learnt here.
The district is witnessing 16 hours long spell of power outages a day which has crippled the local business as well as social activities. More than seven protests were staged in the district to condemn the callousness of the Wapda authorities. Scores of angry demonstrators attacked the Wapda complaint office situated on Shahdoula Road and burnt down its furniture and official records. The protestors blocked the road for hours by burning tyres. Following the protest on Shahdoula Road, the rest of the traders also staged protests in different parts of the city including on GT Road, Fawara Chowk, Pakistan Chowk and Bypass Road and chanted slogans against the government.
Later, they marched through the roads of the city and burnt down the posters and banners of different political parties hanging on the electricity polls. The police resorted to baton charge on the protestors at Haryawala Chowk when they blocked GT Road against the power outages that suspended the traffic flow for hours.