LAHORE - Scores of PTI workers took to the streets of provincial capital to vent their rage over the killing of their fellow activist in Faisalabad on Monday.

As the media broke the news of death, PTI supporters showed up on The Mall, Ferozpur Road, Raiwind Road, Lalik Chowk and Liberty Chowk, bringing life to a standstill. The City remained in the grip of fear, forcing people to stay indoors. Markets were shut down following the protests as clashes between the supporters of PTI and PML-N were reported from Lalik Chowk of Defence and elsewhere.

The PTI supporters also blocked The Mall Road by burning tyres. Similar scenes were also witnessed in other parts of the City.

The PTI Punjab chapter has announced day of mourning today (Tuesday), while funeral in absentia will be held at all the districts of the province.

Barrister Usman Basra and Shahid Gondal led lawyers to stage a demo at GPO Chowk outside the Lahore High Court where they voiced for justice. PTI senior leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed also joined in.

The protestors shouted ‘Go Nawaz Go’ and ‘Bye Bye Prime Minister’.

PTI leaders speaking at different protest demonstrations in the City claimed that the ruling party after staging state terrorism at Model Town (Lahore) and Islamabad had now unleashed fresh episode of state terrorism at Faisalabad.  Several political parties including the religious parties have announced to participate in the day of mourning of the PTI today to be observed in the provincial metropolis and other provincial capitals and major cities.

Showing solidarity with PTI, other parties including PAT, PML-Q, Awami Muslim League, Jamat-i-Islami, Sunni Ittehad Council, Majlis-e-Wahdat Muslimeen have announced to participate in the mourning.

Security stepped up:  On the orders of Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Amin Wains, the police are put on high-alert across the provincial metropolis amid mounting political temperature.

Police sources claimed that all types of leaves for the policemen are cancelled and heavy contingents are deployed around key installations, important buildings, and leading shopping malls to maintain law and order in Lahore.

Since the PTI’s anti-government protest campaign spread to big cities in the Punjab, the Lahore police are implementing a comprehensive security plan to avoid showdown between political workers.  A police official said that several squads of anti-riot force are on-guard at the leading roads including Mall Road, Jail Road, and Lalik Jan Chowk to maintain peace in the town. Police are also searching every nook and corner of the City especially airport surroundings and the residential localities around key government installations to hunt down suspected persons.

Lahore DIG (Operations) has been personally monitoring security situation while all the divisional SPs and more than 2000 cops are employed across the provincial metropolis.