More than 200 baton wielded villagers attacked and bashed a survey team which was headed by Engineer Shahid Hussain.

The engineer saved his life by taking refuge behind bushes. Mehmood Kot Police have registered a case against 175 people and were conducting raids to arrest the main cluprits. DPO Muzaffargarh Awais Ahmed Malik said that residents of adjacent areas of proposed coal fired thermal power station were protesting against the project describing it injurious to their health and their agriculture. He said that complete security would be ensured to the staff and labour on the project.

Punjab government has shortlisted six different sites for launching coal-based power projects Qadirabad (District Sahiwal). Two power plants of 660 MW, Bhikhi (District Sheikhupura), Haveli Bahadur Shah (District Jhang), Balloki (District Kasur), Taranda Sawaywala (Rahim Yar Khan) and Mouza Karam Dad Qureshi (District Muzaffargarh).