LAHORE - The city suffered massive traffic jam with Multan Road, Canal Road, Thokar Niaz Baig and Motorway remained closed for all traffic on Sunday against backdrop of final day of Raiwind congregation and PML-N political gathering to observe October 12 as Democracy Defence Day in Jatti Umra situated at Raiwind. The closure of all roads leading to Raiwind also caused traffic mess on other arteries spilled on different part of the city forcing the people to slam authorities concerned for not controlling the situation Several ambulances were trapped in the traffic jumble, while a funeral procession was also stopped. Strict police checking caused scuffles between policemen and the passengers of various vehicles. Since Sunday was the last day of the congregation, thousands of people marched toward Raiwind to attend the concluding prayers. A large number of people besides political workers also headed to Raiwind to participate in the public meeting held by PML-N to mark 12 October. The mass flow of people blocked the Multan Road, Canal Road and all adjacent roads near Thokar Niaz Baig. City roads were packed with vehicles stuck in the traffic mess. People were forced to use alternative routes as traffic police failed to ensure a smooth flow of traffic. Other roads including The Mall, Jail Road, Main Boulevard Gulburg, McLeod Road, Ferozpur Road and Canal Road also felt the heat of traffic jam. More than 15,000 police officials, including plainclothesmen, were deployed at around the religious congregations and political gathering to thwart any unpleasant incident. Special patrolling squads also remained vigilant. A traffic police spokesman said police tried their best to control traffic but they were short of personnel because most of them were deployed in Raiwind. "From Monday the city traffic will return to normal," he said. A senior police official, seeking anonymity, told The Nation that the police were facing a huge shortage of personnel and most of them were tasked with monitoring VIP movement. Mobile forces including Muhafiz Force and Elite Force showed their presence and remained vigilant throughout the day. Police had also established pickets on various roads. Rescue services including 1122 and Edhi also remained active. Sirens and hooters installed on security and rescue services' vehicles continued to add to people's woes. It may be recalled the National Highways and Motorway police (NH&MP) made foolproof arrangements regarding security and smooth traffic flow on the occasion of Raiwind congregation. The sector commander chalked out a contingency plan regarding traffic arrangements during the Raiwind congregation including special arrangements. In the plan, special static duties were deputed at link roads leading to Raiwind. Six extra patrolling mobiles and patrolling officers were deployed during the Ijtima and two recovery vans and an ambulance remained on high alert on N-5 Central and M-2 to attend any traffic blockade due to break down of any vehicle. Police contingents were also called in from all over the province and posted at important points on all roads leading to the venue. Cameras were installed at the venue and the parking lots and police personnel both in uniform and plainclothes were given special instructions to undertake body search of all the people entering the venue of the congregations.