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Day of great inconvenience to commuters

punjab Updated: Jan 15, 2014 20:33 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla
Sanjeev Bhalla
Hindustan Times
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It was a day of great inconvenience to the common man due to protests organised by both Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress activists at two different places.

Heavy police force, including women cops, was deployed at both the places and the number of cops was almost equal to the number of protesters at both the places.

Barricades put by the police, without any prior intimation, resulted in harassment of commuters, as they had to change routes to reach their destinations.

In view of the SAD protest at Guru Nanak Mission Chowk, one of the busiest places of the city, the police put up barricades on the roads leading to the site. People were heard saying that there was no need to block the traffic for a group of just over 150 protesters.

The movement of traffic was blocked at BMC Chowk and at the Guru Amardass Chowk.

"This is the failure of the system. Nobody should be allowed to cause inconvenience to the common man. These political people protest only for publicity sake and the police allow them to do so due to 'obvious' reasons," Bharat Bhushan, a local resident, struck in the traffic, rued.

Later, the police acted smartly and deployed cops to cover the protesters in a small area and traffic was allowed to move from the road.

Similar was the scene outside Congress Bhawan from where the Youth Congress started a march to the DC office.

All the roads leading to the Congress Bhawan were condoned off by the police by putting barricades and heavy police force, including three additional deputy superintendents of police, and several assistant superintendents of police were put on duty.

"The policemen are more in numbers than the protesters. What is the need of deploying so much force when the protesters had already intimated that they will just hold a protest march and submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner? Public is being harassed by both police and political parties," said Rajan Arora, a resident.

Additional deputy commissioner of police Naresh Dogra said, "We have deployed police to deal with any untoward incident. Normally, in such protests, people go violent. Barricades are put up just to confine the protesters in a small area only to avoid inconvenience to the public."