In protest against the failure of the civil supplies department and the police to take action against those indulging in black-marketing of kerosene, hundreds of Shiv Sena workers staged a dharna at Gandhi Chowk on Friday.
Raising slogans against the department and the police, the protesters blocked the traffic on the Amritsar-Pathankot national highway for more than three hours.
They alleged that the administration was reluctant to take action against some unscrupulous depot holders and shopkeepers under the pressure of leaders of the ruling alliance.
Shiv Sena (Hindustan) district president Naresh Fauji said the department had not taken any action despite the numerous complaints made by them.
He said they tried to catch a depot holder near the dera road red-handed, but he managed to escape. "I subsequently brought the matter to the notice of the police, but they refused to take action and asked us to approach the department. Their inaction has forced us to hold a dharna," said Fauji.
The dharna was finally lifted after the police conveyed to the protesters that a case had been registered against the accused.
City police station SHO Lakhwinder Singh said they had registered a case under section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act against depot holder Sudesh Rani and shopkeeper Pawan Kumar.