LAHORE – Chief Traffic Officer Dr Usman has initiated a departmental inquiry against three traffic wardens, who showed criminal negligence when a senior journalist informed them about two impersonator policemen near Iranian Cultural Complex on Sunday.

The City Traffic Police spokesman said the CTO transmitted a wireless message on Monday morning and ordered the three wardens to immediately report him. “Their statements have been recorded and further action will be taken against them in accordance with rules,” he added. The spokesman said the inquiry may be finalised on Tuesday (today). Further investigations are underway.

A seasoned journalist was intercepted by two impersonator policemen while riding a corolla car (LEC-2723) near Iranian Cultural Complex around 9:30am. The impersonators tried to rob him by introducing themselves as policemen in plainclothes. They asked him to produce his identity and show them his luggage and also the details of the country he visited. They, however, managed to escape from the scene when he asked them to produce their identity. Later, he contacted three wardens standing hardly 60 to 70 yards away from the happening site and informed them about the suspects’ criminal activity. The wardens identified as Usman, Rameez and Usman deployed near Kinnarid College did not bother even to thoroughly listen to the complaint of the victim and advised him to contact Emergency Police 15. The wardens (both Usmans) misbehaved with the journalist and left the site.

It may be noted here some days back a trader namely Qamar Hussain Zia was also looted on gunpoint by the similar gang on Ring Road. Mr Zia arrived in Lahore from Saudi Arabia through Naas Airline on April 18. Two impersonators intercepted him on Ring Road and introduced him as policemen.

Later, they held him hostage on gunpoint and deprived him of 8500 Saudi Riyals. Sources said this gang is operating in the area in connivance with the policemen – both from district police and city traffic police.