LAKKI MARWAT - Residents of Nar Muhammad Ghaznikhel and adjacent villages on Monday blocked the Indus Highway at Manjiwala Chowk to record their protest against continuous power outages.

The infuriated villagers assembled at the chowk and closed the highway for vehicular traffic. Passenger and good transportation vehicles queued up on both sides of the highway.

An hour long closure of the highway caused hardships for passengers in the chilly and fog weather.  The transporters from Lakki city also waited on Manjiwala link road for opening of the highway to continue their journey towards Peshawar and Rawalpindi.

The protesters also shouted against the local PESCO authorities for carrying out unscheduled loadshedding in the rural localities. Heavy contingent of police rushed to the area to avert happening of any untoward incident.

An elder Abdul Wahid said on the occasion that Nar Muhammad Ghaznikhel and dozens of other villages and hamlets were hard hit by the electricity outages and low voltage problems which had caused problems for the villagers.

He said that life in the rural localities was at standstill besides the residents could not operate tube-wells to get drinking water.

Other speakers held SDO PESCO Naurang sub division responsible for the consistent power suspension and demanded of the higher functionaries concerned to transfer him from the sub division forthwith.

They also asked the local PESCO authorities to cut the electricity load of their villagers from Landiwah power feeder and shift it to the old power feeder so to minimize loadshedding duration and overcome the low voltage problem. The protesters later opened the highway and dispersed when officials assured that they would make all-out efforts to meet their demands.

Lakki DPO forms 2 teams to check schools, colleges security: A meeting on Monday reviewed security arrangements for the educational institutions and form two special teams in this regard to check security measures in the schools and colleges across the district.

DPO Ismail Kharak presided over the meeting where SP Investigation Muhammad Saddique Khan, SDPO Lakki Rafiullah Khan and SDPO Naurang Niaz Gul were also in the attendance. The special teams headed by sub divisional police officers will check security measures in the educational institutions and other important installations in their respective circles and will submit their findings to bring further improvement,” said an official.

He said that police officials would also collect the data of watchmen of schools and colleges. “Both teams will identify loopholes in the security of schools and colleges and will furnish reports with solid proposals on how to remove weaknesses and improve security of educational institutes,” he maintained.

Kharak directed the subordinate police officials to keep an eagle eye on the movements of suspects and accelerate drive to round up anti-social elements. He also directed the SDPOs to intensify security measures in their respective circles and ensure registration of all tenants in the concerned police stations.

Meanwhile, police conducted search operation in the residential area of Lakki city near the district jail. The commodes of Elite Force, Anti Terror Squad and lady constables assisted police force in the operation.

With the help of lady constables, police also checked the registration of tenants in the rented houses. However, there is no report about any arrests.