FAISALABAD: More than four dozen shopkeepers were booked by the Kotwali police for staging a protest demonstration against the government and violating the lockdown restrictions on Wednesday.
Scores of traders of different bazaars of Clock Tower staged a protest demonstration and refused to accept the lockdown citing financial hardships. Police raided the shops, thrashed the shopkeepers and arrested them.
Submitting an application, Kotwali police SHO Asad Ali said President of Mobile Market at Kutchery Bazaar Aamir Sandy, Saeed Ahmed (president of Jamia Masjid Market), Abbas Haider and Arslan were leading the people who were challenging the writ of the government.
He said the agitators chanted slogans against the government, administration and police and that they would not accept the lockdown. The SHO said the masses had been informed about the lockdown imposed by the government.
Shopkeepers in Minchinabad and Chishtian as well as other parts of the district protested against the fines imposed for the violation of the lockdown.