Rawalpindi - The Special Branch (SB) of Punjab police in a report submitted to top cops declared the encroachments near a government school and some other bazaars in Rawal Town as great security risk.

The spy agency of Punjab police also urged the authorities to remove the encroachments to avoid any untoward incident.

Taking action, Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja instructed Chief Traffic Officer (CTO)/SSP Shoaib Khurram Janbaz to take action against the encroachers. The CTO intimated Teshil Municipal Officer (TMO) Rawal Town to carry out anti-encroachment operation, reliable sources told The Nation on Saturday.

According to them, the SB has submitted a detailed report to RPO Office in which it was stated that a large numbers of vendors and hand-push cart owners selling fruits, vegetables and other items have illegally encroached the Chota Chowk near western wall of Government Girls High School, Dhoke Hassu, within the limits of Police Station Ratta Amral. All this has put the students and teachers in huge trouble and traffic jam has become a routine matter, the report said.

Similarly, Hamilton Road, Murghi Market, Raja Bazaar, Iqbal Road and many other busy roads are also in grip of encroachers who have placed their stuff on footpaths and even on the roads making them no go zone, it was said in the report. The SB in report declared all the encroachments as big security risk and urged the RPO to take strict action against the encroachments.

The RPO directed the CTO to take action against the encroachments and free the city roads for smooth flow of traffic, sources added.

CTO/SSP Shoaib Khurram Janbaz wrote a letter to TMO Rawal Division Imran Qureshi urging him to launch operation against encroachment in his town. However, TMO Rawal Town had not started operation against the encroachments. The TMO did not attend his cellphone when this scribe tried to get his version over the issue.