Two protesters were killed and 23 others persons including District Coordination Officer (DCO), SHO and police personnel sustained injuries when police personnel resorted to tear gas shelling and opened straight fire at the protestors who were heading in a rally to the Chashma Power Plant to protest the prolonged loadshedding on Monday in Mianwali . Protestors held District Police Officer (DPO) hostage and was later on freed by the Rangers and also set a police van on fire. Enraged protestors pelted stones on the police personnel, inflicting injuries on DCO , SHO and 20 other police personnel. Two of the protestors were in critical condition, hospital sources said. Sources said that on the call of Tehrek-e-Haqooq-e-Mianwali and other political parties the city of Mianwali observed complete shutter down strike against the long hours loadshedding in which hundreds of locals participated. The protestors gathered at the Jahaz Chowk situated in the city and chanted slogans against the government. The protestors demanded uninterrupted supply of electricity in the city. Later on, protestors in a rally marched towards the Chashma Power Plant while police personnel placed barricades on the routes leading to the power plant which were broken by the protesters. Upon seeing the flood of protestors marching towards the plant, police personnel fired tear gas shell but the protestors responded with stones, injuring cops. In the meantime, police personnel resorted to fire shots straight on the protestors when they set a police van on fire, killing two protestors at the spot. The Dattakhel chowk area was presenting a view of a battlefield when the police used teargas and aerial firing to disperse the crowd but the mob turned violent and threw stones in return. Police claimed to have arrested a suspected person from among the protestors and recovered a pistol from his possession. The DPO talking to private TV channel denied media reports that police opened straight fire at the protestors, adding that some anti-state elements were trying to approach the Chashma Power Plant who were halted by the police personnel.