MURREE – Officials of the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Saturday sealed five restaurants in Murree owing to poor quality of food and hygiene.

During the operation, the officials of the PFA faced resistance from some of traders’ representatives who not only insulted them but snatched their official documents and personal mobile phones.

On their complaint, the Murree police registered cases against the president and general secretary of trade union Murree and ten other persons.

The traders felt disgruntled by the registration of FIR and expressed that the local administration and police should have been involved in carrying out raids on food outlets.

When the PFA deputy director operation, Fareeha Alam was contacted she said the PFA team had launched the operation on the directives of the Punjab Government and when they sealed some of the hotels, a mob came snatched their personal things and harassed the staffers of the authority, Dawn news reported.

Assistant Commissioner Murree Arif Ali expressed that PFA officials should have sought local administration and police support before the crack down.