LAHORE: The Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) activists on Monday made public to a halt in retaliation of the arrest of their associates from the Punjab University (PU) hostel for unlawful occupation and allotting the hostel to the female students.
The citizens had to face worst traffic jams on both sides of the canal besides the adjacent roads including Wahdat Road, Multan Road, Band Road and other link roads for hours and when the law enforcement agencies were busy to clear the traffic and restore sanity some unidentified masked youth set a Lahore Transport Company (LTC) bus ablaze on Wahdat Road.
The ugly traffic mess was caused when IJT activists snatched keys from the public transport drivers and brought the vehicles to hamper all traffic which made the commuters wait for hours to reach their destinations while the university bus routes were delayed.
A female student of PU, while talking to APP here Monday, criticised the activists for taking
law into their hands and disrupting the academic atmosphere at the Campus and demanded the government to take action against these subversive elements.
Muhammad Azhar, a businessman on his way to office, demanded the government to establish its writ by taking strict action against the law-breakers.
A spokesman of traffic police said the city traffic police had evolved a comprehensive strategy to ensure smooth flow of traffic on roads during protests and to facilitate the
Chief Traffic Officer Sohail Chaudhry deployed additional traffic wardens on Canal Road and directed the traffic wardens to perform their duties with courtesy and responsibility and take action against traffic rules violators, he added.
Earlier, a number of IJT activists staged protest demonstration at the New Campus bridge and blocked the traffic for hours to protest against the arrest of the IJT activists who had challenged the writ of the PU administration.
SSP Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar, while talking to APP, said that 21 students had been arrested from Hostel No.16 of Punjab University New Campus while 11 cases were registered against them.
He said that police would ensure peace and law and order in the city at all cost.