RE - Blocking highways like Ferozepur Road to express outrage against police or any other department or for that matter against government is extremely bad way of lodging protest as it causes untold hardships to travelling public including women and children.
Government should take effective measures to ensure that protesters do not block main roads for long periods as it causes great inconvenience to people especially children, patients and elderly women. These views were expressed by people while talking to APP at Bank Stop, Ferozepur Road where a mob blocked the road in protest against killing of night watchman of the area.
As the road remained blocked for about two hours from 3:00 pm to 5:00pm on Friday, hundreds of vehicles including buses, vans, car, trucks and trailers got stuck up.
An elderly woman who along with her special child was on way to Lahore from Kasur in a bus when the dual carriage way was blocked said, I kept on waiting for opening of the road till 4:30 pm but as it remained blocked I am going on foot to Main Bazar which is about 3km from here along with my child. It is no way to protest. If my child fainted due to hot weather who would be responsible?, she exclaimed.
Another passenger Javed, who was taking his mother to a hospital, said, My mother is heart patient and he is taking her to the hospital. It is over an hour since the road was blocked. I am stuck up and it is not clear when the barricades would be removed to let us go.
He was of the view that blocking of the roads especially main thoroughfares must not be allowed under any circumstances and concerned SHO should be assigned the task of ensuring smooth flow of traffic on all roads falling in jurisdiction of his police station. He said even main roads were blocked in protest against various departments which was totally illogical as it made no sense to persecute motorists and travelling public for the faults of others. A number of elderly women and children had to traverse over three-kilometre distance from Bank stop to Main Bazaar on foot in quite a hot weather.
Javed Ali who was going to Gujrat from Kasur by his car said, I was expecting to reach my destination by sunset as I do not like driving at night but it is already 4:30pm and now I will have to drive after dusk.
These people have the right to protest against police for failing to capture murderers of the night watchman but they have no right to create hardships for us as we are not to blame for the murder or failure of the police to take action against his killers, he remarked.