MIANWALI - At least two people were killed and 28 injured in Mianwali on Monday as police had bitter clashes with protesters demonstrating against prolonged loadshedding. Two of the injured were reported to be in critical condition. Mianwali district coordination officer (DCO) and five policemen were also among those wounded. The protesters also took district police officer (DPO) hostage and locked him inside a house. A complete shutter-down strike was observed in the city following appeals from various political parties and traders unions to protest against continued loadshedding. Earlier in the morning, thousands of people gathered to stage a sit-in against persistent power outages while traders observed a complete strike. Tehreek Haqooq-e-Mianwali led a rally demanding that Mianwali district, which generates electricity, should be exempted from load shedding. The protesters, including a large number of traders, gathered under the aegis of market unions at Railway Station Chowk. Chanting anti-administration slogans, the demonstrators marched towards Jahaz Chowk where the demo was addressed by a number of local leaders. However, after the speeches, a group of protesters decided to march towards Chashma Colony which houses sensitive installations. The police used teargas shelling and batons to stop the advancement of the protesters, who hurled stones at the police and district administration authorities. The area presented the look of a battlefield. According to police, the protesters resorted to stone pelting which was retaliated with baton-charge and teargas shelling at Sargodha Morr. Rangers were called in who ultimately rescued the high officials of the district administration, including the DPO Mianwali Waqas Nazeer, who was held hostage by the protesters. According to police, people were still at the scene and the clash with police was ongoing till the filing of this report. One of the dead was identified as Khadim Hussain. A local journalist Faisal Malik suffered heart attack while covering the protests and was shifted to the hospital. The other injured, including five policemen, were also shifted to the hospital. Police said DCO Mianwali Tariq Mahmood was also wounded. The police claimed of arresting a suspected person from the scene and recovering a pistol from his custody. All markets and business centres were closed while the traffic remained suspended as a result of the police-protesters fighting. Before the violent clash took place, the prominent leaders of the demonstration were former Mianwali Tehsil Nazim Khurshid Anwar Khan of Bittian, PML-N District President Sajid Khan, Salim Gul Khan of Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Abdul Rehman of Jamaat-e-Islami, Attaullah of JUP and Anjuman Tajran Saddar Kucheri Bazaar President Malik Falak Sher Awami. Meanwhile, a spokesman of Punjab government has said that provincial government has taken strict notice of Mianwali incident and for impartial investigation, has requested the High Court for judicial inquiry into this tragic incident, says a handout issued on Monday.