Tension prevailed outside the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari border after truck operators and officials, including the BSF men, operating inside the ICP came at loggerheads.
The problem started on Friday late evening when ICP officials on the request of traders started to move in a few trucks in order to decongest the area outside.
However, alleging that officials, including the Border Security Force personnel, were adopting a pick-and-chose policy and manhandled them, members of the truck union sat on a dharna outside the ICP. As the matter did not resolve till Friday late night, the dharna continued on Saturday morning as well, hampering the Indo-Pak trade.
The trade was affected adversely for about five hours and things only moved on after a meeting between the truck operators and officials took place on Saturday afternoon.
However, IG BSF, Aditya Mishra, denied the allegation that any truck operator was manhandled.
However, officials at the ICP and exporters claimed since there was a great rush of trucks outside the ICP, efforts were made to get the trucks in so that the area outside could be decongested. The allegations of pick-and-choose policy being followed or somebody being manhandled were totally wrong, claimed an official at the ICP.
The authorities at the ICP, however, alleged that some members of the Attari truck union were harassing truckers coming from outside and the queue system was also not being followed.
Now, we have had a meeting with truck operators and it was being told that the area inside the ICP would be used and nobody will be allowed to jump the queue, said an ICP official. Meanwhile, Harinder Singh, leader of the Attari Truck Union, said, "We were manhandled when we objected that the queue was not being followed."
Now, we have reached a compromise with the authorities. We are not harassing trucks coming from outside. It is a baseless allegation, he added.
Even though the Government of India had spent crores of rupees to build the ICP but unfortunately, the ICP till now has failed to find a way out of handling the congestion of trucks. One can spot hundreds of trucks lined up on the road every day.