Taxi drivers blocked the National Highway on Sunday and staged a demonstration against the police for not maintaining law and order at the Begari Canal Bridge, situated at the border of Jacobabad and Shikarpur districts.
According to reports, hundreds of taxi drivers led by the Jacobabad Taxi Union President Mirza Rind held a sit-in at the National Highway. The drivers shouted slogans against Shikarpur police for failing to restore law and order.
Rind claim that five drivers were deprived of their taxis, mobile phones, and cash by robbers in different areas of Shikarpur, including, Lakhi Ghula Shah and Garhi Yasin, during the last couple of days. He said that poor taxi drivers had registered a FIR but the police did not take any action against the situation.
On the occasion, one of the taxi drivers, Karim Bux, resorted to self-immolation but was saved by other protestors.
An elder of Rind tribe, Haji Anwar, reached the spot and discussed the matter with the SSP. The SSP reportedly assured him of early recovery of the robbed taxis after which the protest came to an end.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2013.