Furious protest demonstrations were held in different parts of the provincial metropolis on Wednesday against excessive power loadshedding, while protesters blocked city’s major arteries for about six hours, causing great inconvenience to motorists amid scorching heat.
The protesters observed sit-ins on various roads, including the main University Road, and chanted anti-government slogans for routine prolonged outages as temperatures in Peshawar touched 47 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.
Following failure of negotiations between protesters and district administration officials, police resorted to baton charge and teargas shelling against protestors and forcefully cleared the University Road. “We tried to clear the road for traffic by talking to protesters, but they were not ready even to listen to us and the last option left with police was to beat them, as the commuters, including women and children, had suffered a lot,” said Tehkal Police Station SHO Zahoor Khan. He said that protesters would be booked for causing inconvenience to public.