RAWALPINDI - A large number of protesters on Wednesday held a demonstration against suspension of gas supply and unscheduled loadshedding in the area of Dhoke Hafiz Chowk. According to details, the angry mob blocked the main road of the area and all kinds of traffic remained suspended for more six hours. The City Traffic Police had to divert traffic to others alternative routes. They chanted slogans against the government of Pakistan People's Party. Heavy contingents of police reached the site and fired tear gas to disperse the protesters, which included women and children also. Police severely tortured a reporter of a private TV channel and broke her camera. The residents of UC-74 have demanded stern action against the police officials for torturing the peaceful protestors. PML-N MNA Chaudhry Sarfraz Afzal assured them that the responsible police officials would be suspended. Aftab Kiyani, a government employee, informed TheNation that suspension of gas supply and unscheduled power outage, continued for last many months, increased all of sudden for the last few days. "Police viciously tortured our women and babies, who were here for a peaceful protest and we were compelled to lose patience" said Sh Aneel, a jeweler by profession. Mrs Sajid, also resident of Dhoke Hafiz, told that SHO Police Station Airport Rasheed slapped her in the face. "Our children cannot go to school in time as gas remained suspended from the morning, added Tahira, a housewife. Amina Amir, a reporter of a private TV channel, told TheNation, "I was capturing shots of the brawl between the police and the mob when a DSP, Raja Taifoor, rushed towards me and barring from covering the scene, he hit me and broke the camera. He also tortured our cameramen Azmat and Farukh, she alleged. PML-N MNA Chaudhry Sarfraz Afzal rushed to the scene and addressed the angry mob. He urged them to disperse and their demands would be met soon. Meanwhile, Additional IG and Regional Police Officer (RPO) Nasir Khan Durrani said that though demonstration is a basic right of the people in a democratic society, they could not be allowed to take law in their hands, damage sensitive installations and create trouble for the people. The RPO said this while expressing his concern over Dhoke Hafiz gas suspension protest. Addl IG further told that some protestors agreed to leave the place as police made every possible effort for convincing them to hold meeting with the officials of gas department for the resolution of their problem. But some anti-social elements threw stones on police officials, he said adding that on this police resorted to light baton charge.