LAHORE - Violent protests erupted across the Punjab particularly in the provincial metropolis on Monday as excessive and unscheduled loadshedding coupled with hot and humid weather forced the powerless public to take to the streets and express their wrath against the government and Wapda authorities. Police fired tear-gas shells to disperse the protesters while the angry protesters retaliated and pelted the police with stones in seven different parts of the City. Police sources revealed that at least six protesters sustained injuries during clashes between the police and the protesters as the police wielded to batons to disperse the protesters and open the roads. The protesters blocked the roads by setting the tyres on fire in various parts of the City disrupting the traffic flow for several hours. The irate public staged protest demonstrations against the loadshedding at Multan Road, Jallo More, Thokar Niaz Beg, Bari Hydiara, Shahdra, GT Road and Allama Iqbal Road and chanted anti-government slogans. They also set electricity bills ablaze during protests and blocked the roads besides chanting slogans against Wapda and Pepco. However, heavy police contingents including senior police officers reached the spot, baton-charged the protesters and arrested few of them. The angry protesters also staged demonstration at GT Baghbanpura against the loadshedding and smashed windowpanes of several private vehicles. The City is facing 16 hours loadshedding daily which had damaged their business. Most of the outskirt areas get electricity supply for 4 to 6 hours. Our minor children are worst affected by excessive loadshedding in the humid weather. The Lahorites are spending sleepless nights due to worst power outages, Yousaf Khan, a resident of Iqbal Town said. The consumers also complained that the government had increased tariff by at least 300 per cent during the last couple of months but the loadshedding duration is multiplying instead of any relief to the public. They also said the PPP-led government had badly failed to overcome energy crisis from the country and the top leadership is not serious in resolving the most serious problem being faced by the public. The protesters urged the government to take remedial steps to overcome energy crisis and refrain from implementing its decision of increasing electricity cost. On Monday, the long duration of loadshedding caused water scarcity in various parts of the City as people were witnessed brining water in bottles from other areas in the congested localities of the City. They further said that the water supply was often suspended due to several residential areas due to loadshedding. The traders said that the worst power outrages were badly damaging business activities in the City besides putting extra-burden on them, as they had to use power generators during long hours of loadshedding. According to official sources, Islampura, Sanda, Iqbal Town, Johar Town, Faisal Town, Township, Garhi Shahu, Muslim Town, Samanabad, Mughalpura, Baghbanpura, Gujjarpura, Shahdra Town, Mozang, Islamia Park and Kot Lakhpat areas were the worst affected vicinities by unscheduled loadshedding on Monday.