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January 13, 2020

Security for rally turns into nightmare for citizens


January 13, 2020

LAHORE:Lahore police Sunday took unprecedented security measures to confine the participants of a rally taken out against America to a limited venue besides turning the weekly off into a nightmare for citizens.

Additional force was deployed at American Consulate. All roads leading to American Consulate and Lahore Press Club were blocked by parking trailers and tractor trolleys. Exchange of hot words between the citizens and the police were witnessed at several places, including Davis Road and Queen’s Road.

Around 40 inspectors and 318 traffic wardens were deployed to regulate and divert the traffic under the supervision of divisional SPs. Around 6,000 officers performed security duty. Traffic remained suspended all around the protest venue. People living and working within the limits of the blocked roads had to face unwarranted humiliation at the hands of officers who hurled abuses at those who tried to convince them that they were a few yards away from their destination. But the cops did not pay heed to their requests in the name of security and responded violently if someone dared to raise objection to their abominable behaviour.

Citizens were of the view that the Lahore police should have ensured the comfort of citizens living or working near a sensitive building or installation as well before preparing security plans. They termed the Sunday's security arrangements ill-conceived and ill-planned.

our correspondent adds: The capital city police officer (CCPO) took notice of an incident of alleged misbehaviour with the Lahore Press Club president LPC by a traffic warden here on Sunday. He directed the chief traffic officer, Lahore, to conduct an inquiry into the incident and submit a report in this regard. The CCPO said that misbehaviour with any citizen could not be tolerated.

Body found in canal: The body of a man, yet to be identified, was fished out from BRB Canal on Sunday. Passersby spotted the body floating in the canal near Havelli Gharbas and informed police. It was removed to morgue.

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