LAHORE - At least five traders of sacrificial animals suffered multiple injuries when the police and the town administration thrashed them over their refusal to pay 'extortion money in Sherakot police station area on Sunday. A good number of cops flogged the traders, who staged a protest demonstration against the police and the town administration. The traders also blocked the main road at Yateem Khana Chowk and burnt tyres near Babu Sabu inter-change. They also chanted slogans against the brutal attitude of the police. However, the police and the town administration maintained these traders were allotted a specific place at New Bakar Mandi near Shahpur Kanjran to sale their sacrificial animals. But, the officials said, these traders were habitual to bring their animals near Babu Sabu inter-change between Saturday and Sunday night every season at Motorway. They refused to vacate the place despite the police urged them to do so, as it was a central point of traffic flow. We also promised to allot them another place in Johar Town to sell their animals but they again refused, an official said. Meanwhile, police officers of Sherakot police station and town officers reached the spot on Saturday night and allegedly demanded Rs 2,000 per goat. For not giving this amount, the officers said a grand operation would be launched against them on Sunday. They had still occupied the place when we reached there on Sunday morning. No doubt, some police officers and administration officials demanded money, which forced them to agitate, police sources said. They further revealed the traders staged a protest demonstration and blocked the Motorway. Meanwhile, SP Iqbal Town Cap (r) Rommel Akram along with a good number of police officers reached the spot and cordoned off the protestors. An angry protester said at least four to five people suffered multiple injuries when police personnel baton charged the protestors. He said the protestors also retaliated by pelting stones on policemen. Later, angry protestors attacked the Sherakot police station. The police arrested two dozen traders and locked them up. Reportedly, DSP Shamsul Haq directed the police officers to open fire as a result of which one trader later identified as Mohammad Anees, resident of Rahim Yar Khan, suffered a bullet injury and was rushed to the Services Hospital. His condition was, however, out of danger till filing of this report. Earlier, the traders revealed their sheep, goats and other sacrificial animals were stolen. They demanded of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take immediate action against the brutal attitude of the police.