ISLAMABAD-Islamabad police on Wednesday have sealed the Red Zone by placing containers and other barricades besides ramping up security on all the entry and exit points of Islamabad to maintain law and order situation.

The spokesman of Islamabad police tweeted that the police have beefed up the security of Red Zone because some people are marching towards the federal capital from Punjab in order to press the government to have their political demands accepted. In order to tackle any untoward situation, the security of Red Zone has been put on high alert by deputing extra police force and erecting containers, he said. 

However, some circles in Islamabad are claiming that police were on toe because of presence of participants of Kisan Ittehad protest who announced to march towards Red Zone while others say police increased security due to expected rally of former premier Imran Khan after a court of law may indict him in a case registered against him for hurling threats towards additional and sessions judge Zeba Chaudhry. 

A police spokesman told the media that security is on high alert due to the protest of Kissan Ittehad. He said that the protestors are cutting the trees and green belts in the city and are seemingly in a violent mood and taking law in their hands. 

He said that police have been put on high-alert to prevent any adventure by the protestors. “We have brought prison vans around the protest site while police are also inviting the leaders of Kissan Ittehad for holding peaceful talk to resolve the issue,” he said adding that the law will take its own course in case of any attempt of violating law.    He advised citizens to avoid travelling towards F-9 Park and Express Chowk due to ongoing Kissan Ittehad Protest taking place in the area. 

He was of the view that the Islamabad city police chief has requested the interior ministry for provision of extra police force to deal with the PTI’s possible long march. He said that the top cop made a demand from the government to get the extra police force from the provinces. He, however, did not mention the exact number of extra force demanded by the IGP. Another senior officer of Islamabad police claimed that IGP has asked the government to bring 15,000 policemen from Punjab and KP, whereas, 4,000 from Rangers and FC to maintain law and order situation in capital.