Traders de­mand increased security

Pakistan Observer - - TWINCITIES -

RAWALPINDI—Trade bod­ies of the city de­manded of the dis­trict gov­ern­ment to in­crease security around all mar­kets ar­eas as Eid shop­ping is gain­ing mo­men­tum with each pass­ing day.

Ex­press­ing dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the security ar­range­ments made for shop­ping ar­eas, they said the de­ploy­ment of po­lice per­son­nel is in­suf­fi­cient as com­pared to great hus­tle and bus­tle of vis­i­tors there.

Pres­i­dent Markazi An­ju­man-e-Ta­jran Sheikh Sid­diqui said there should be po­lice­men in plain clothes present at vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas and ready to con­verge on a sin­gle whis­tle in case of an emer­gency.

Be­sides, he said there are a large num­ber of beg­gars, who ap­par­ently seek alms but are also in­volved in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties like pick-pock­et­ing and snatch­ing different items from the peo­ple vis­it­ing the mar­kets.

Pres­i­dent Moti Bazar Chaudhry Iqbal also asked the quar­ters con­cerned to beef up security of city mar­kets es­pe­cially dur­ing night time.

When con­tacted,City Po­lice Of­fi­cer(CPO)Is­rar Ahmed Ab­basi as­sured that fool­proof security ar­range­ments are be­ing made to give a spe­cial cover to shop­ping ar­eas so that cus­tomers as well as traders could feel a sense of security.—APP

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