Rawalpindi - The trader representatives and shopkeepers of Adiala Road have refused to join a protest demonstration staged by a gang of criminals on Friday.

    The criminals’ gang staged a protest against the police for registration of criminal case against them for harassing and detaining female staffers of the Punjab Food Authority.

The protest demo was only joined by owners and workers of a bakery and restaurant who had been imposed fine by the Punjab Food Authority team for lack of cleanliness and sale of unhygienic food items.

By holding placards and banners, the protestors, including five accused Raja Kamran, Shezad Qureshi, Syed Ramzan Bukhari, Muhammad Rashid alias Sheeda Welder and Zahid Mirza alias Zaidi blocked road for traffic and chanted slogans against police and high-ups of the PFA.

The mess of protestors have caused a gigantic traffic jam and hampered business activities on the Adiala Road.

Unfortunately, no police official was present to arrest the culprits despite having earlier information about gathering of the criminals and holding a protest demo. The area residents and traders expressed deep concerns over performance of police and demanded Regional Police Officer Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja to take stern action against police officials of Saddar Bairooni for giving a free hand to criminals involved in heinous crime of detaining the PFA female officers.

“What a drama it was? It seems police exist nowhere. Two days ago the gang of five men along with Dolphin Force took law into hands by detaining and harassing three lady officers of the PFA and now today they are showing hooliganism on road by blocking it,” said Shopkeepers Amir Khan, Adeel Ahmed and Waheed Zaman. They said that police should immediately arrest the culprits and send them to jail.

Station House Officer Police Station Saddar Bairooni Malik Rafaqat, when contacted, expressed his ignorance about holding of protest against police by a gang of culprits. He said police have launched a manhunt for criminals involved in the case of detaining and threatening PFA female staffers. “So far, the criminals have not obtained pre-arrest bails from any court of law and police will arrest them soon,” he claimed.

On the other hand, CPO Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi reportedly suspended the two officials of Dolphin Force and held inquiry against them. However, the accused cops were not apprehended by the police so far for their involvement in the crime. The CPO was not available for his comments.

A gang of criminals headed by Jabir Afridi, a local photo studio owner, have threatened a team of the Punjab Food Authority when it raided a bakery on the Adiala Road for imposing a fine for selling substandard items.

The criminals were also assisted by Dolphin Force while harassing and detaining female team of PFA.

On application of Food Safety Officer Saima Akram, police had registered a criminal case against five gangsters and two officials of Dolphin Force and begun investigation with no arrest so far.