HUNZA: FIR lodged against 80 people and more than 40 arrested on the charges of participating in riots that broke out almost two weeks back following the ruthless killing of a father and his son and injuring 5 others by police in Aliabad.
Among the people arrested are community leaders, teachers, students, employees of government and private institutions and NGOs.
On August 11, Sherullah Baig and his son were killed and five others injured by police in Aliabad during a protest against government for stopping relief to Ata Abad lake effecties. Reports suggest that the brutal incident was taken place on the behest of CM Mehdi Shah as he was on his visit to Hunza and had directed police to disperse the protesters within 10 minutes. After the incident, riots have been broke out in Hunza and protestors attacked a police station, beaten DSP and other official and torched three vehicles in Aliabad. Protest demonstrations were also held in Gilgit and Ghizer and immediate resignation of Chief Minister Mehdi Shah has been demanded. Some political leader also demanded to lodge FIR against Mehdi Shah as he was directly involved in the incident.
Despite providing justice to the victims, police has started carrying out mid-night raids in different parts of Hunza, and so far, arrested more than 40 persons from Altit, Aliabad, Karimabad, Nasirabad, Murtazabad and Shishkat. Police have also warned to conduct massive operation in Hunza accusing locals of looting weapons from Aliabad police station.
Obviously, the government’s intention is to deprive the people of Hunza from the right of self-defense. A sectarian terrorism has been witnessed just two week back when hundreds of armed men from adjacent village of Nagar entered Hussaini, a village of Gojal, looted more than 20 shops, torched vehicles, and destroyed every thing that came in there way over labouring dispute at Ataabad lake. The armed terrorists have beaten women, children and even senior citizen. No FIR was registered against any person involved in attacking Gojal so far.