BANNU - Hundreds of enraged protesters in district Bannu attacked WAPDA Colony and PESCO office and torched the valuable property, computers and record during a protest against prolonged and unscheduled power outages.

District leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Pir Murad Ali Shah, Nisar Khan of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, Orangzeb Khan of Qaumi Watan Party, Malak Pakhtoon Yar of Pakistan Peoples Party, Munawar Khan of Jamaat-e-Islami, and others led the protest demonstration. The rally was taken out from Kuki area and culminated at PESCO office at Dera Ismail Khan Road.

The violent protesters entered PESCO office and torched record. Holding sticks and armed with sophisticated weapons, the protester pelted WAPDA colony with stones. Some of the protesters also displayed weapons and resorted to aerial firing.

The vehicles damaged during violent protest include three Shazor vehicles, five motorcycles and several bicycles of WAPDA employees. During the protest some private vehicles also came under attack while equipment of WAPDA worth millions of rupees got damaged in the incident.

Addressing on the occasion, the protesters said that they had warned the WAPDA authorities a few days back but despite of their repeated calls, they continued the prolonged power outages for the people of Kuki tribe. They said that for the last one month, the electricity of the area has been disconnected while there is no one to ask about the miseries of their problems.

Police used tear gas and batons to disperse the protesters while dozen of persons also have been arrested. Police said that an FIR has been registered against the responsible people who attacked the PESCO office and WAPDA colony.

On the other hand, the WAPDA officials were of the view that residents of the area were involved in illegal use of electricity and after disconnecting their connections, the people protested against WAPDA. They said that the people were stealing 97 per cent electricity from a single feeder. Later WAPDA union also staged protest demonstration against the protesters.