LAHORE: Protests by a religious group in the city continued for the second day on Sunday, even after several protesters were detained by security forces for blocking roads and setting vehicles on fire.
Demonstrators have occupied the city’s major roads Shahdara Chowk, Mall Road and Faisal Chowk since yesterday. Traffic is being guided through alternate routes, resulting in roadblocks in various parts of the city.
Security has been beefed up on all routes leading to Jati Umra. Heavy contingents of police have been deployed near Jati Umra, whereas containers have been summoned for placing on different spots on Raiwind Road.
On Saturday, protests took an ugly turn when demonstrators blocked Mall Road and other areas and set a vehicle on fire at Shahdara Chowk. They also blocked railway tracks in the area.
Lahore police had to resort to tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters. Further contingents of Rangers were also summoned to the site of protests. Metro bus services were suspended and several protesters have been detained.
Bus, train services suspended
Commuters face severe mobility issues as public bus services as well the Speedo Bus Service in Multan and Lahore remained suspended for the second day.
Metro Bus Service in Multan and Rawalpindi is also not functional
Train services either remained suspended or face delay for the second day after enraged protesters blocked railway tracks on Saturday.