Anticipating the illegal sale of drugs in the area, a police party conducted a raid in the telephone exchange area of the walled city on Friday triggering a protest by Congress men and residents of the area.
The protest later shifted to the Hall Bazaar area, with the residents closing both the markets outside the telephone exchange and the Hall Bazaar and blocking the roads in protest for a couple of hours in the evening.
Sources said that a police party raided the pushcarts in the telephone exchange area, which angered the residents who held to protest under the leadership of Gurjit Pehalwan, a resident of the area and a Congress worker. The residents opposed the police party and raised slogans against them, allegedly forcing them to beat a retreat after apologising to the residents.
Police officials in the city rushed to the spot. However, the protest was later called off. The police officials, however, claimed that the raid was conducted to check the encroachments in the area. Inspector Sarabjit Singh of Kotwali police station said that the raid had been conducted to check the encroachment of public places in the area by push carts.
"The police action triggered a protest on the part of the public, but it was soon called off," he claimed. He added that no case had been registered against anyone in this regard.