Five injured in clash between Khasadars and protesters

our correspondent
Hundreds of Khugakhel tribe youth including children and women on Sunday staged a protest demonstration against the unavailability of electricity that irked life in Landikotal.
Israr Ahmad Shinwari led the protest demonstration organized at Landikotal bypass road jn Landikotal. While the prominent woman elder Islama Bibi was also seen chanting slogans for electricity.
The protesters were holding black flags and chanted slogans against the Tesco officials for the hours-long electricity load shedding that according to them had their life hard in Landikotal. They also put stones on the road to suspend traffic on Peshawar-Torkham highway for all kinds of traffic.
Meanwhile, Khasadars and levies force personnel came to the site to control the situation and started aerial firing to disperse the protesters, sources confirmed.
The angry mob also returned stones on the Khasadars and levies personnel, injuring three Khasadar, sources said. Two protesters were also injured, Israr said.
Talking to mediamen, Israr Ahmad Shinwari said that Khasadars and levies personnel tortured several of the peaceful protesters and misbehaved.
After four hours long scuffle and road blockade talks between the protesters and the administration officials took place and road was reopened for traffic after.
An agreement was inked through which Tesco would ensure electricity supply for two more hours in Landikotal. Assistant commissioner also assured the Khugakhel tribesmen that he would conduct an inquiry against that security personnel who allegedly involved in the aerial firing.
Local residents demanded a special inquiry against Assistant Commissioner of Landikotal who issued an order of aerial firing on peaceful protesters.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami w0rkers and leaders also staged a rally in Landikotal bazaar against the prolonged power outrage in Landikotal.

JI leader Ziaul Haq Afridi, Abdur Rauf Shinwari and other leaders spoke on the occasion. They also condemned the security personnel firing on a peaceful protest in which women and children were taking part.

They accused that tehsildar and assistant commissioner of Landikotal failed to serve the residents. The JI leaders accused tehsildar and AC that they most of the time out of their offices to address their problems.

They said that in the past few months numbers of protest were so far held for the fulfillment of legal and constitutional rights of Landikotal residents but the officials were not taking it seriously.


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