Islamabad-The police along with personnel of other law enforcement agencies have continued crackdown across the region on Saturday while arresting 126 leaders and activists of banned outfit Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) to sabotage long march heading towards Islamabad from Lahore, informed sources.
Of 126, a total of 52 leaders and activists of proscribed TLP have been taken into custody from various parts of Rawalpindi, whereas, 74 others were rounded up during a clampdown in Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal, they said.
So far, the police and LEAs had detained a total of 206 leaders and activists of TLP and had shifted them to unknown locations, said a senior police officer while talking to The Nation.
Dozens of fourth schedulers of the proscribed TLP are also among those taken into custody from Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal.
The police and other LEAs intensified across the region after the group announced a long march on Islamabad from Lahore.
On the other hand, all the major roads remained blocked in twin cities on second consecutive day causing immense troubles for students, office goers, labourers, commuters, passengers, traders, lawyers, government officials and other citizens. Even, roads leading to hospitals were closed by the district administration adding to the miseries of patients being taken to hospitals by ambulance or either attendants.
Business activities remained suspended on Murree Road and around Faizabad. All the fuel stations remained shut along Murree Road causing petrol shortage. Metro Bus Service remained suspended in Rawalpindi.
Heavy contingent of Rawalpindi and Islamabad police have been deployed at Murree Road and Faizabad Interchange.
Rangers are also assisting the police force of twin cities to maintain law and order situation.
City Traffic Police and Islamabad Traffic Police announced special traffic plans in twin cities to facilitate the commuters , however, huge traffic rush could be witnessed on Srinagar Highway, Islamabad Expressway, GT Road, Saddar, Peshawar and other small and big roads.
Reportedly, the police and district administration have also blocked GT Road from Jhelum Bridge by placing containers to stop storm of TLP from moving towards Islamabad. A senior police officer of Jhelum claimed it was traffic rush on bridge and the police had not blocked it with containers.
Moreover, a heavy contingent of Islamabad police has been deployed at Kak Bridge besides dumping heaps of soil to stop TLP protestors in capital. Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat and other police officers also visited the area to review the arrangements.