Aliabad, August 11: Police in Ailabad, Hunza, have opened fire on peaceful protesters, inuring five people. The injured were immediately shifted to hospitals in the major town, where one person has , reportedly, succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. This is the most violent case of police action in the history of Hunza Valley.
The protesters were mostly those affected by the Attabad landslide disaster and the damming of Hunza River, belonging to Shishkat and Ayeenabad. They were protesting on arrival of the Chief Minister, Syed Mehdi Shah, to the region and demanding early release of funds for rehabilitation.
According to initial reports those injured include one from Aliabad, a student who was caught in the firing on his way back from college, and four protesters from Ayeenabad and Shishkat. Names of the killed and injured are not known at this stage.
Hundreds of people are coming out on streets across the region, protesting against the police brutality and failure of the district administration and government to protect innocent citizens.
The protesting public in Aliabad, after police shelling, have attacked the police station in Ailabad and put it on fire.
Religious and social circles have condemned the incident and asked the people to calm down and allow the law to come in action. They have appealed to the appeal to not take law into their hands.
Courtesy: Pamir Times