ISLAMABAD- Protestors blocked the IJP road when the Capital Development Authority started clearing the road by demolishing numerous illegal structures and dwellings. The Enforcement Directorate of the CDA cleared the IJP Road by demolishing numerous illegal structures and dwellings which were causing immense public nuisance and botheration. The operation continued throughout the day despite road blockades and protest by the people. The CDA had asked the district administration to provide police and magisterial cover for the operation.

The operation was participated by the Enforcement Directorate, Municipal Administration Directorate, Machinery Pool Organisation, staff of Land Wing while magisterial and police cover was also provided by the Islamabad Capital Administration and Islamabad police respectively. The teams of Enforcement Directorate carried out the anti-encroachment operation from Pindora Chungi to PSO pump. They demolished seven rooms and huge fencing behind plot no 6 situated along the Road. Teams of Enforcement Directorate also dismantled a canopy, constructed on the proposed service Road, which was being used as living rooms by Sana CNG station. Furthermore, several factories of construction material including cemented pipes, tuff tiles, pillars and roof slabs were razed while illegal constructions made by Tea stall at Pindora Chungi were also demolished and several kanals of CDA land was got vacated from the encroachers.

Meanwhile, two persons were electrocuted to death as they attempted to remove a shed in front of their restaurant at the Sabzi Mandi here yesterday. Soon after the city administration (Market Committee) completed their drive against non-compliant traders and seizure of the agriculture produce in the morning, two persons Mushtaq Ahmad and Arshad Mahmood along with several others tried to remove shed in front of their restaurant (Madina Restaurant). The iron shed touched the overhead electricity wires which caused death of Mushtaq Ahmad and Arshad Mahmood on the spot while many others got burn injuries. Police reached the spot immediately and shifted the dead bodies to the hospital. According to the traders, the shed was marked as encroachment by the city administration.

The traders and small vendors held the city administration responsible for the deaths and blocked the IJ Principal Road. Traffic jam caused miseries for hundreds of the road-users. Addressing the vendors, the traders’ leaders said that the deaths were the result of what they termed an illegal operation. They termed it worst state terrorism and asked the government to suspend the Market Committee immediately and take the responsible to task. President All Pakistan Tajir Ittehad, Muhammad Kashif demanded of the government to compensate the heirs of the deceased.

When contacted, Director Agriculture Extension Services ICT, Lubna Ghias said the city administration was in no way responsible for the deaths.

“It was not an anti-encroachment operation. Routine seizure was done under rule 33 of agriculture produce market rules, 2014 against non-compliant traders. The operation was completed smoothly and no such incident took place by the Market Committee left the scene”, she said. It might have been a case of IESCO negligence, she added.