Islamabad: Two persons were killed and
over 30 others injured when a group of protesters,
demonstrating against frequent power cuts clashed with police
after they were stopped from marching towards the Chashma
nuclear power plant in the Pakistani city of Mianwali on Monday.
Several groups had jointly organised the protest
following prolonged power cuts in the area. The groups
contended there should not be any power outages when the
Chashma nuclear power plant was operational.
Police took the action after the protesters attempted
to march towards the Chashma nuclear power plant, Mianwali
district police chief Waqas Nazir told the media.
"We showed maximum restraint but the protesters
overran two barriers and attacked police," he said.
Two bodies and 12 injured persons were taken to a
nearby hospital, TV news channels reported.
Nazir said over 20 policemen and the district
administration chief were also injured in the incident.
"We held meetings with these groups and told them
there was no connection between the power cuts and the Chashma
plant," Nazir said.
He claimed "some enemies of the country" were behind
the protest but did not give details.