MIRPURKHAS - Hundreds of cattle traders blocked the main Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas Road and staged a sit-in outside the local press club and town police station here on Sunday to protest against attack on their cattle market in Mirpurkhas.

The protest was organised by Cattle Traders Association Mirpurkhas. The traders alleged that some armed men burned their dozens of huts and wooden structures of food of the cattle, damaged the water supply line and dig out the deep ditches near PCB ground.

Led by Muhammad Imran Qureshi, Akbar Marri, Balo Marri, Umer Daraz Qureshi, Muhammad Nizam and others raised slogans against the contractor of cattle market Ali Gohar Shah and chairman MCM.

The protesters told the media persons that on last night, around 25 unknown armed persons of above contractor along with excavator machine arrived the market where they issued threats of dire consequences to watchmen and compelled them to leave the cattle market after which they set their huts, wooden structures of placing the food of cattle on fire, damaged the water supply line.

They blamed that police remained silent over the issue. They told that a year back place of cattle market Mirpurkhas was shifted to near PCB ground at the land of MCM from slaughter house after the order of Sindh High Court Hyderabad bench.

However so-called contractor wanted to receive heavy excess fee of cattle by shifting the place of cattle market outside the city premises so that cattle traders could not make resistance, but still they were making unsuccessful efforts to keep away the cattle traders from the cattle market place by damaging the place, burning wooden structures.

They blamed that police as well as district administration openly supporting the above contractor.

They alleged that in past their persons had submitted the contempt of court petition in the Sindh High Court Hyderabad but above contractor had lodged the false attempt to murder case with town police station against the petitioners to prevent them from attending hearing.

They demanded the Sindh chief minister, Chief justice of Sindh High Court, secretary local government, chief secretary Sindh, IGP Sindh and other authorities to take immediate notice of the matter, ensure registration of their case.

Meanwhile, 8th death anniversary of MQM leader Dr Imran Farooque was observed by MQM P Mirpurkhas district here on Sunday.

Hundreds of workers and office bearers including women took part in Quran Khawani and special prayer held at Jinnah hall of Municipal committee Mirpurkhas.