Load shedding triggers protests in Mirpur
40 hurt; govt vehicles, offices set ablaze
Muzaffarabad, Mar 24: At least 40 protesters and number of policemen were injured when demonstrations turned violent over loadshedding in Mirpur on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses said protesters set alight vehicles and offices during the clashes that erupted after police used tear gas and baton charged the demonstrators who were marching towards Mangla Dam to lay siege the power station.
Officials said among the injured was senior superintendent police Mirpur Sardar Gulfraz who was hurt as protesters pelted stones on police.
Three journalists were also wounded when their vehicles were damaged allegedly by rioting police.
The protesters torched official vehicles and the offices of police and electricity department.
Deputy Commissioner Mirpur Tayyab Zeeshan said only 20 protestors and number of policemen including SSP Mirpur were injured during the clashes.
Pertinently, Pakistan’s second largest dam Mangla dam is at Mirpur from where electricity is being distributed to Punjab and other areas.
The protestors were demanding an end to 16- hour loadshedding in Mirpur city.
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