LHC stops action against LPG rickshaws
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has barred the city police from taking action against rickshaws running on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). “No one has the right to snatch someone’s livelihood if it is within the law,” said Mr Justice M Bilal Khan.
Stay orders were issued to the federal, provincial and city governments and the superintendent of the Lahore traffic police.
The court was hearing the petition of Nemat Ali Shah, Rickshaw Union Association president, and Baghi Jaan Khan, its president. The court told the government to give a detailed reply to the points raised by the petitioners in the next hearing.
The petitioners said that they were aggrieved by the obstacles created for vehicles fitted with LPG cylinders by the local police. “Instead of conducting a proper investigation of the Sabzi Mandi explosion, the government has come down on rickshaw drivers,” they said.
“These methods to prevent similar incidents are impractical. All we see is a vigorous campaign against rickshaw drivers for whom earning livelihood is already a hard task,” said the petitioners. The petitioners said that LPG was an economical fuel. staff report