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8 protestors hurt as police opens fire.

Byline: Muqaddam Khan

SWABI -- Assistant commissioner was among the eight who were injured when police opened fire over power protesters in Tehsil Chota Lahor on Wednesday.

It has been learnt that soon after doing their Sahar in darkness, people of Manki village, including children and women gathered at Manki bazaar and blocked Swabi-Jehangira road for all kind of traffic while protesting against excessive outage and unscheduled load shedding.

The protesters sit-in on the road had cut traffic between NowsheraIslamabad and the district and the commuter had faced great difficult to wait for about more than seven hours in scorching heat on road side.

Police officials said that naib-district nazim Asar Khan who belongs to Manki village told assistant commissioner Chota Lahor Sameeullah and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) executive engineer to hold talks with protesting people leaders , assuring them that the protesters would remain peaceful.

However, when the officials and Asar Khan entered the protesting venue protesters suddenly surrounded them and within no time and some of them started pelting stones over them, said an official who monitored the protest. "As a result of pelting stones, AC Chota Lahor Sameeullah got minor injuries but the other official remained safe," said district police officer Javid Iqbal.

Protesters said hat eight protesters have also been got mi8not injuries. In reply to a question mR Iqbal said that as the police saw that protesters starting pelting stones over the officials and surrounded them, law enforcing agencies were having no option and forced to open fire to manage the officials come out peacefully.

Sources in police said that police have also arrested 10 protesters and they were shifted to Chota Lahor. However, district nazim Ameer Rehman told this correspondent that the arrested protesters have been released. "I have requested to DPO Javid Iqbal," he said.

After officials returning charged protesters set up camps and erected tents over the road, threatening that they would not leave the road till meeting their demands; upholding scheduled loadshedding, releasing of the arrested protesters and resolve the issue of low voltage and gave up prolong outage.

Later Awamni National Party leader Amjad Khan, Asar Khan and various other leaders held talks with the protesters and fi8nally the road was opened and people returned their homes peacefully.

Domestic help killed: A man in Ismalia village allegedly killed his domestic helper when he opened fire over him at their hujra on Wednesday. Registering an FIR against wife of the deceased said that her husband Taj Wali was working in the hujra of Saiful Islam and he allegedly opened fire over him and killed him on the spot.

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Date:Jun 16, 2016
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