CHINIOT - Traders in Chiniot observed a shutter down strike on Monday, against alleged atrocities of policemen against office bearers of the Traders union and registration of a false case against them. 

Traders Action Committee coordinator Zulfiqar Jatt told newsmen that a driver and gun man of DSP Headquarter in the official vehicle assaulted a rickshaw driver at Rail Bazar for not giving him way to proceed in the rush hour traffic.  Local shopkeepers intervened to rescue the rickshaw driver, but the infuriated policemen knocked down the president of Mandir road shopkeepers.

To protest the high handedness of the police, traders downed the shutters and started a protest rally against them. However, the cops registered a case of kidnapping and dacoity against 20 shopkeepers to allegedly avenge the insult.

Zulfiqar Jatt further said that a trader representative delegation met District Police Officer to discuss the situation but he too misbehaved and threatened arrest.  As a last resort, the traders observed strike and demanded of the Chief Minister Punjab to take notice of the injustice, or they would continue the strike for an indefinite period of time.

Meanwhile, DPO Rana Shahzad Akbar told this correspondent that a case had been registered against some shopkeepers after preliminary investigation and SP Investigations Khalid Pervez was investigating it. 

“We have rounded up some of the miscreants who dragged police cops in the bazaar, kept them in illegal confinement for hours and snatched their belongings,” he said, adding that the case will be investigated on merit and the traders should cooperate with the police so the investigation can completed to provide justice.