LAHORE - Lahore High Court has sought reply from Inspector General of Police and Lahore Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) on a petition of five traffic wardens seeking provision of allowances like their colleagues in other big cities. Justice Waqar Hasan Meer of the LHC directed them to file their reply within two weeks before the court. Petitioners including Ghulab Singh Shaheen and four others submitted that they were recruited in 2006 in BS-14 as traffic wardens. They said wardens were also recruited in some other big cities of the province on the same terms and conditions. They said that the police department was granting Rs 7,300 as special fixed daily allowance to the wardens of Rawalpindi and Multan Divisions but they (petitioners) were being ignored intentionally with malafide intentions. They added that the Punjab finance department on direction of the chief minister in 2009 approved ration allowance of Rs 1,038 per month and all police officers other than wardens were receiving that allowance but the wardens were being ignored. They said they approached the authorities through written applications and deman-ded the allowances but they refused. They said all citizens were equal before the law and entitled to equal protection of law as provided in article 25 of the Constitution. They prayed the court that directions be issued for grant of special fixed daily allowance and ration allowance equal to other police officials of the same rank with effect from April 01, 2009.