CHITRAL: The district government of Lower Chitral has arrested five people under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance for staging a protest against prolonged power outages in Koghuzi and sent them to the district jail of Dera Ismail Khan.
People of Koh have been protesting against unavailability of electricity even after the operatioanlization of the 108 megawatt Golen Gol power station in their area. But misusing its authority, the administration registered a case against scores of them accusing them of blocking the road and not allowing even vehicles carrying patients to move to their destinations.
It has also been learnt that more arrests were expected as 11 other locals have been boooked in the case.
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chitral leader Akhonzada Rehmatullah condemned the arrests and said for over a year the locals had been demanding supply of electricity to the Koh area but the government instead of fulfilling the basic need of the citizens was misusing its powers and sending people behind bars.
He said holding peaceful protests and processions was the basic right of citizens and framing and arresting them under a draconian law was illegal and unconstitutional. He also asked the district administration to release the arrested people and ensure supply of electricity to the local people.