Rawalpindi - Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Shoaib Khurram Janbaz has decided to take legal action against the two fake journalists who threatened a traffic warden of dire consequences when he stopped them over traffic violation here at Saddar area, sources informed The Nation on Saturday.

Sources said that two motorcycle riders removed barricade placed by police at TNT Square on which a traffic warden Wasim Satti stopped them and sought the driving licences and registration books, sources said. The violators instead of obeying the orders started quarrelling with traffic warden. They parked their motorcycles into the middle of square triggering a massive traffic jam.

One of the violators, who was later identified as Abid Malik, also manhandled the warden when the latter tried to impound the motorcycle, sources said. They added that the both violators also abused the warden in front of many and later sped away towards GPO Chowk.  The warden informed his high-ups about the occurrence of the incident. On this, the CTO decided to take legal action against the fake journalists. Talking to The Nation, Wasim Satti confirmed the incident. “I have brought the matter into the notice of CTO who will take action against the accused,” he said. According to sources, both imposters are members of a gang which is out to blackmail and loot people, traders and business men impersonating them as media men. Police had booked the gang in two cases but had not arrested them so far.

Saddar Bairooni police on March 12, 2014 registered a case number 153 against Abid Malik, son of Ahmed Din of Dhoke Lakhan, and five others including Rana Muhammad Usman, Iftikhar Ali, Shaukat Ali, Danyal Ali and Ziaur Rehman under sections 420/384/419 PPc. Similarly, another case (419) was lodged against the same gang members including Iftihar Ali, Ibrar Ahmed and Zulfiqar Ahmed with Police Station Civil Line on 29/5/2012 under sections 186/353/337H2. Despite being declared as proclaimed offenders by a court of law in the cases, none of them was arrested owing to their strong links with some corrupt police officers.

The SHOs of the both police stations were not available for their comments over the issue.