10,000 cops to perform security duties on PAT ‘martyrs day’

LAHORE: At least 8,000 policemen will start performing duty in the city from tomorrow (Friday) while around 2,000 personnel will be requisitioned from other districts to perform security duties in connection with Youm-e-Shuhada (martyrs day) announced by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri to be marked on August 10 (Sunday). 
Sources said that the police had seized at least 450 containers in the city. No vehicle would be allowed to enter the city on Sunday, they added.
Also, the capital city police have impounded hundreds of bikes ahead PTI’s Azadi March on August 14.
The Shalimar police had to park the impounded bikes on the premises of a local shrine where two policemen were deployed to guard the vehicles. Similarly, many other police stations also seized dozens of bikes, following the orders of divisional superintendents of police (SPs). A police officer said that they have been directed to impound at least 70 motorcycles per day. 
It has been further learnt that the police had prepared lists of at least 600 PTI leaders and activists and 400 PAT workers to be arrested after receipt of a ‘green signal’ from the high command. In the meanwhile, the police have started rounding up PTI and PAT activists.
However, a spokesperson for the Punjab government said that no instructions have been issued to impound motorcycles and that there was no truth in such news. 
The spokesperson clarified that action against motorcyclists on violation of traffic rules was a routine matter and that giving it a wrong impression was not justified.
Killed: A nine-year-old boy expired in a hospital on Wednesday a few hours after he received injuries when a rolling gate fell on him in Nishtar Colony police precincts.
The police said that Suhail, of Youhanabad, was passing through a street when a rolling gate of an under-construction house fell on him as a result of which he received serious injuries. The police sent the body to the morgue and registered a case against the owner of the house, Aslam, on the complaint of victim’s father.
Body: An unidentified man was found dead in Shafiqabad police precincts. The police claimed that the man was an addict and might have died because of overdose of drugs. The body was sent for an autopsy.

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