Matters became worse after they arrested a trader at the market after mistaking him for a hawker.
“The county operators had been looking for hawkers who went to hide in the market. Their arrest of the innocent man led to a deadly confrontation,” Jaguar said.
Furthermore, he said that the officers clobbered the person, escalating the row and causing running battles.
The officers became very angry and called regular police and the General Service Unit for reinforcement.
He said. “I came to the rescue of the traders and tried to talk to the officers but little did I know that they had called for reinforcement. They threw tear gas canisters, forcing the people to scamper for safety …..It was during the commotion that there was a stampede.”
Jaguar said the protest was also motivated by the arrest of five of the market’s officials. The chairman was apprehended yesterday after going to check on his colleagues who had been arrested.
Jaquar said efforts to settle the matter out of court were futile as the county askaris were unwilling to listen, saying their colleagues had been injured.
“We are not fighting the county government … city askaris should act in a humane manner and stop using excessive force,” he said.