Lahore traders accuse officials of extortion

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LAHORE: SHOPKEEPERS of liberty market alleged Gulberg Town officials were extorting money from them for setting up stalls in front of shops.

Shah Zab Khan, vice chairman Liberty Markets Traders Association alleged that the town inspector, Arif Butt, took Rs 3000 to 5000 per bench monthly as extortion to continue doing business.

He said he took away the bench and merchandise being sold on the stalls of those who did not pay the required amount to him in the name of campaign against illegal encroachments.

Roughly, he has been getting almost half a million rupees extortion only from the illegal vendors of Liberty market, he alleged. Now, the Eid shopping is in full swing and a huge number of illegal stalls were set up across the Liberty market. During a survey, a number of stall holders confirmed to The News that they were paying extortion money to Gulberg Town officials. Otherwise, we could not do business here on stalls, they said.

Courtesy: The News

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