HYDERABAD (ENNS/MD) Atleast three persons were shot dead and a dozen injured during a protest by transporters on the Link Road near Superhighway, now called M-9 Motorway, on Wednesday afternoon when personnel of the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) allegedly resorted to firing, witnesses said.
The drivers of cargo vehicles parked their trucks on the Link Road adjacent to Superhighway near Kathore in protest against the F WO`s decision to implement a recent judgement of the Supreme Court with regard to the `axle load regime` meaning the heavy vehicles could not carry load beyond a sanctioned weight in order to save highways from destruction and prevent fatal accidents.
According to reports in protest against the move, the drivers of loaded vehicles started parking heavy vehicles on the road. Reportedly, when the FWO personnel tried to prevent them from doing so, the transporters allegedly pelted them with stones.
Upon which, the FWO personnel resorted to firing ostensibly to disperse them. As a result, some protesters were shot at and injured.
The wounded persons were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where doctors pronounced three of them dead on arrival, said Dr Seemin Jamali, the executive director of the hospital.
The victims, said to be drivers, were identified as Saad Ayub, 25, Niaz Ali, 30 and Rasool Khan, 29.
Motorway closed due to sit-in A heavy contingent of police rushed to the scene toprevent the situation from deteriorating further.
A spokesperson for the Motorway police said in a state-ment that due to a protest sit-in, `Motorway-9 has been blocked near Kathore`.
The Motorway police also urged the citizens to avoid unnecessary travel.
Sources said that the FWO was given a contract of collecting toll tax on Motorway from Karachi to Hyderabad for 25 years by the National Highway Authority.
Later motorway was opened after negotiation with protesters.
The case yet to be registered.
It is pertinent to note that few months ago Judge was stopped and policemen were beaten by toll plaza staff.