The suspended service of more than 400 telephones installed in factories, shops and residences could not be restored for the second consecutive day on Friday.

The service was suspended when the PTCL exchange located in Mauza Tibbi Hambo on Faisalabad Road, some 25 km away from city, caught fire.

The fire turned the exchange machinery worth in millions to ashes. It could not be ascertained whether the fire was erupted due to short-circuit or some subversive hands were behind it. The Bhiki police have started investigation on different angles on the report of concerned SDO phones.

RISING DACOITIES ALARM RESIDENTS: The citizen residing in Muridke Tehsil have concerned over the deteriorating law and order situation.

In this connection, a large number of people protested against the alarming situation in front of local press club here. They informed the journalists that more than six dacoity and highway robbery incidents had taken place in different parts of the Tehsil over the past 24 hours, in which motorcycle, cellphones, cash and other valuables were snatched by the outlaws. But the local police have not yet arrested or traced any clue. The unidentified dacoits looted cash valuables worth hundreds of thousands of rupees in three strikes here the other day.  Reportedly, Waqas was deprived of his bike, cellphone, cash and other valuable when he was going on Easar Ke Road. In another incident, four unidentified dacoits barged into a spare parts factory located in Nangal Sadhan near Muridke. The intruders held the security guard hostage and took away cash and spare parts worth of 0.7 million.  In the area of Ravi Rayan two unidentified highway robbers intercepted a rickshaw driver Ali and took his vehicle and cash on gun point.

The protesters demanded the police high ups to adopt effective measures to provide relief to the area people.