Trade Accuses City Police Chief of ‘Dictatorship’, Mulling Protest



One of the routine glimpses of city's traffic. Pic: Bilal Bahadur
One of the routine glimpses of city’s traffic. Pic: Bilal Bahadur

Trader to stage token protests against traffic police highhandedness

The City traders around the iconic Lal Chowk & Residency Road have decided to go on token 2-hour strike on Wednesday against the alleged highhandedness of traffic police.

The traders bodies of the areas including Hari Singh High Street, Lal Chowk, Regal Chowk ,Lambert Lane, Residency Road and The Bund business men association and Polo view called an emergency meeting of the members wherein it was resolved that the SSP Traffic has been resorting to “dictatorial policies” only to defend his failure in traffic regulation.

“At a time when the traffic flow to City Center has been minimal given the traffic diversions, he is trying things which don’t function at the end. Sometime back he said the 28 new parking lots would be designated for parking on the main roads in the City where the SMC subsequently rejected the proposal,” the traders said in a KTMF statement on Saturday.

They said, “having failed, the SSP was making shopkeepers scapegoats by putting up posters which have been “crudely written.”

“We have been shown as habitual offenders. This is not done. We will raise our voice in highest quarters,” the traders said.

The traders said strike would be observed from 12:00 to 2:00 PM on Wednesday, the statement said.


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