Rawalpindi-The furniture traders at Naz Cinema on Wednesday called for holding a protest demonstration onMurree Road against Waris Khan Police for its failure in controlling street crime.

The protest call was given by Anjuman-e-Tajran Khana Road President Mian Muhammad Asif and Secretary General Faisal Butt after two robbers looted cash and mobiles phones from five owners of furniture shops on Tuesday night. According to the plan, the traders will shut down their businesses at 3pm and will gather at Naz Cinema on Murree Road where they will block the road from both sides till 4pm.

Interestingly, the robberies were not reported to police. Talking to The Nation, ATKR Secretary General Faisal said that two unknown gunmen stormed into five shops in a span of 30 minutes and made off with cash and 4 mobile phones. He said the traders had approached police for lodging FIR but the SHO refused to entertain them. He said that armed robberies have become a routine matter in the market. He informed that in December two gunmen plundered Rs 4,60,000 from him on gunpoint and no arrests could be made by the police.

SP Rawal Division Behram Khan, however, when contacted, said that no incident of robbery had taken place in the furniture market adding that police have not received any complaint in this regard.

Meanwhile, police along with personnel of other law enforcement agencies conducted combing in areas of in Taxila and apprehended seven people on violation of the Punjab Information of Temporary Residents Act 2015. The search operation was led by Superintendent of Police Potohar Division Syed Ali.

According to details, police conducted door to door search operation in limits of police stations Saddar Wah and Wah Cantt to arrest the outlaws. The police searched 130 houses and collected data of some 270 persons in areas of Saddat Colony and Malhi Pindh.

Cases were registered against the detainees who have been identified as Naik Zada, Muhammad Ayaz, Mushtaq Khan, Waheed Ullah, Atif ur Rehman, Tariq Khan and Muhammad Bashir, informed a police spokesman.A