RAWALPINDI - Police registered a case against public transporters on charges of blocking road, harassing public and interfering into police matters, reliable sources disclosed to The Nation yesterday.
In the case, one transporter Wajid Hussain was nominated while others are unknown, sources added. No arrest was made so far while further investigation was under way, sources informed.
DSP Farhan Aslam, while talking to The Nation, confirmed that police booked the transporters on complaint of CTP and would arrest them soon.
Earlier, the transporters held a protest demonstration against government and secretary regional transport authority outside the RTA Office for reducing fares following cut in oil prices and issuing hefty fine tickets to drivers of private transport on complaints of passengers.
The violent transporters blocked the busiest Katcheri Chowk partially; thrashed the public and transporters who tried to breach protestors and chanted slogans against Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Secretary RTA and demanded to reinstate the old fares list. They also scuffled with police and RTA officials. The violent transporters also thrashed elderly passengers including ladies.
During the entire episode, the public vehicle owners, school, college and university students and other pedestrians faced difficulties. A heavy contingent of police headed by DSP Civil Line Farhan Aslam rushed to the scene and cleared the road for traffic movement.