Islamabad - The protest by religious activists in the federal capital incurred heavy losses on civic infrastructure besides damaging public property, including snatching of official vehicles, during their four-day sit-in at the D-Chowk.

City managers are currently estimating the exact amount of loss inflicted on infrastructure, however, so far more than Rs130 million losses have been reported by different authorities.

Metro Bus Service stations of the Parade Ground and China Chowk on the Jinnah Avenue were damaged by the protestors. Besides several motorbikes parked around stations, heavy power generators and other installations were also set on fire.

The protestors also snatched two official motorbikes from the policemen. The protesters also set on fire the shipping containers placed on the roads leading to the Red Zone.

The Metro bus service remained suspended for three days and resultantly the people commuting between the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad faced hardships.

Officials in the Capital Development Authority (CDA) estimated that the damage caused to the metro bus service stations was more than Rs130 million while revenue of approximately Rs4 million had been lost due to the suspension of the service.

According to police sources, the wireless set of Station House Officer Kohsar police was snatched by the protestors while a vehicle of fire brigade (GV-681) was got damaged.

Three containers (TLA-559, Haripur C-2353 and Haripur C-2283) were set on fire while police patrolling vehicle were also got damaged.

Protesters also damaged plants along the Jinnah Avenue besides rooting out the iron grill along the route of Metro Bus. Fire Brigade’s vehicle driver Hayat Khan and AFO Fire Brigade Haq Nawaz were thrashed by the protestors. Similarly, 50 policemen have been injured in a clash with the protestors.

Meanwhile, the capital city police said that six First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered at three police stations.

According to police, two FIRs each have been registered at Industrial area, Kohsar and Secretariat police stations.

Traders of Blue Area have also expressed displeasure over destruction of public property and suspension of business activities.

Safdar Khan, who owns a laptop shop in Blue Area, said his business had been affected due to the sit-in and urged the government to take measures for banning all kinds of protests in the vicinity of the biggest business boulevard in capital.

President All Pakistan Traders Union Muhammad Kashif Chaudhry while talking to media condemned suspension of business activities in the Blue Area due to the sit-in, saying closure of shops for consecutive four days means a big loss for traders.

Almost 100,558 inter-city commuters, according to a Punjab Metro Bus Authority were affected as the service remained suspended due to the violent agitation of the supporters of Mumtaz Qadri.