SARGODHA - Sizzling hot season coupled by worst loadshedding snatched the peace and tranquillity of the citizens. A great number of hapless people rushed to the Lower Jhelum Canal (LJC) to mitigate the severity of heat. People of all ages including children, youngsters and elder from various areas of the city gathered at the LJC. They brought watermelons, mangoes and other edibles with them and enjoyed eating and bathing. Meanwhile, the loadshedding remained haunting the city and its surroundings with an increase in its duration from 14 to 15 hours, resultantly people are compelled to spend their nights without sleeping. The traders and shopkeepers observed a protest against the consistent power outages outside Rehman Trading Centre (RTC) on University Road. They chanted slogans and demanded an end to the scathing loadshedding as they are facing miseries and loss of business due to long hour loadshedding. They also condemned the disconnection of generators supply by the RTC management. The traffic remained blocked University Road as a result of the protest. Meanwhile, the police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Man robbed of bike, cash: Unknown dacoits deprived a fruit merchant of motorcycle and ran away. A local fruit merchant was coming to the main fruit and vegetable market on his motorbike in the wee hours of Sunday when he reached near at Chak 39 some armed bandits intercepted him and snatched motorbike, cell phone and cash from him. The police have started investigation. 30 booked for water theft: The police have booked 30 cultivators on the charges of water theft. According to the police sources, the cultivators were booked during a special crackdown launched to curb the rampant incidents of canal water theft across the district. The cases against the accused persons have been registered at relevant police stations on the report of the Irrigation Department authorities.