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Pakistan: Shopkeepers thrash police party for enforcing COVID-19 lockdown

ANI | Updated: May 11, 2021 20:39 IST

Sindh [Pakistan], May 11 (ANI): Police party in Badin of Sindh province were thrashed on Monday when they tried enforce COVID-19 lockdown on shopkeepers in the cloth market of Shahi Bazaar.
Onlookers told local reporters that despite strict orders from the provincial government to keep all business and commercial activities suspended this week as part of lockdown, shopkeepers in the market were selling their goods by pulling up the shutters upon arrival of customers, reported Dawn.
The police party faced violent reaction from some of the defiant traders, who caught hold of the policemen and thrashed them. The policemen got their uniforms torn in the scuffle, reported Dawn.

While those involved in the violence managed to escape, some other shopkeepers told the reporters that they were running their businesses without fully pulling up the shutters "with consent of the area police".
They said they used to shut down their shops as and when the police would alert them about their upcoming patrol in the locality, reported Dawn.
"This time, police visited the bazaar without any intimation and used foul language. That's why some of the shopkeepers reacted violently," they said.
The police said that they recognised the attackers and would book and arrest them soon.(ANI)