Islamabad - Expressing grave concern over the prevailing security apparatus, Islamabad police have asked the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to erect boundary wall around Islamabad’s main fruit and vegetable market on immediate basis to avert any untoward incident.

The request was sent to the authority on the initiative of Sabzi Mandi police, in whom jurisdiction the market falls, sources told The Nation on Sunday.

They said Sabzi Mandi police station addressed a letter to its high-ups for its onward forwarding to the Capital Development Authority in March this year, requesting the authority to construct boundary wall around the market on immediate basis so as to restrict entry of the vehicles and persons.

The Islamabad police have repeatedly taken up the matter of fruit market’s security with the Capital Development Authority but it could get a little response from the other side, said police sources.

“It is hard to secure and keep record of the vehicles and persons entering the market in the absence of a boundary wall and gate keeping mechanism,” an official of the Sabzi Mandi police told this scribe.

It is to mention here that in April last year, over 20 persons were killed in a high-intensity remote-controlled blast in Sabzi Mandi.

The blast that occurred in the early hours in the busy market had also left dozens injured.

Hundreds of trucks carrying vegetables and fruits arrive at the Sabzi Mandi everyday and it is not possible for the police to check each and every truck.

The previous government of Pakistan Peoples Party (Parliamentarians) had planned installing explosive material scanners at the entry points of the market but neither the scanners arrived nor the present government of PML-N approved construction of boundary wall around the market.