RAWALPINDI - A large number of people including traders on Wednesday staged a massive protest demonstration on Thursday against the rising incidents of extortion in Gulzar-e-Quaid, the area controlled by Police Station Airport.
The protestors were raising full-pitched slogans against police high-ups and alleged that extortionists have been hurling threats towards locals and traders while police officials were protecting the extortion mafia.
According to details, a large number of people including traders and office bearers of PML-N Youth Wing assembled outside the Airport police station and registered their strong protest against the extortionists and those police officers allegedly shielding them.
They appealed Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera and Regional Police Officer (RPO) Akhter Umar Hayyat Laleyka to take strict action against the extortion mafia and their protectors.
Talking to media, one Muhammad Saeed who is running Cable TV business in the area, told this scribe that an extortionists group namely "Noor Seven" was active in their area and receiving extortion money from traders and even locals on gunpoint.
Upon their refusal, Saeed said, the "Noor Seven" group including Waqar alias Vicky, Riasat, Haroon, Shani, Gull Zaman, Kamran alias Kami, Tauqeer and some other unknown culprits kidnapped two of his workers and taken them to their "Dera" where they brutally tortured them and snatched their valuables from them.
He added that his workers hardly managed to escape from their detention. Muhammad Saeed informed that he had lodged a complaint with the Airport police but no action was taken so far.     
RPO, SP Potohar Division and area SHO were not available for their comments on the issue.