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Over 150 BNP workers held in Balochistan

The Balochistan Nationalist Party leaders were demonstrating against the atrocities being committed on people of the region.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 14:37 IST

Police in Pakistan's troubled Balochistan province have arrested over 150 workers, including top leaders, of the Balochistan Nationalist Party (BNP) when they were demonstrating against the "atrocities" being committed on people of the region.

BNP's acting President Sajid Tareen, former speaker Akram Baloch and Yasin Baloch are among those arrested.

Around 36 political workers and leaders, including Abdul Razaq Lango, Sadiq Raisani and Ghulam Rasool Lango, of other political parties of Balochistan, were arrested in Quetta during a protest demonstration in Sariab area Friday.

"We have registered cases against 36 people for burning buses and damaging and ransacking public and private property in Sariab area," DIG operation Ghulam Qadir Theboo said.

Police had taken measures to maintain law and order and protect life and property of the people during the strike and protests in the provincial capital, he was quoted as saying by local daily Dawn.

Ninety-two workers of various parties have been arrested from various localities of the city in pre-dawn raids.

Police in Turbat arrested 25 activists who were trying to take out a rally in protest against the detention of Sardar Akhtar Mengal and a large number party leaders and workers.

BNP leaders said dozens of party leaders and workers have been arrested from Khuzdar, Bela, Hub, Kalat, Mastung, Gwadar and Turbat.

Meanwhile, the Quetta Electric Supply Company (Qesco) has reduced the period of power supply to many areas of Gwadar and Lasbela districts, which are not linked to the national grid.

"After the Qesco's decision, these towns would get electricity for 12 hours instead of 18 hours a day," the sources said, adding that 15 towns of Gwadar, Lasbela and Kharan and Chagai districts were getting power supply through generators.

According to reports, people of Jewani and Pishkan strongly reacted and as a mark of protest shut down the generators in both the coastal towns.

Hundreds of protesting people marched on the roads and chanted slogans against Qesco.

"They gathered at the power houses in both the towns and forced the staff to switch off the generators, it said.

There is no electricity in Jewani and Pishkan and the entire area has plunged into darkness," Syed Sher Jan Baloch, the provincial Minister of Gwadar Development Authority and Coastal Development, told Dawn over phone.

First Published: Dec 02, 2006 14:37 IST