Locals protesting against the killing of a civilian by FC in Kohistan. Photo by Adil Hussain

KOHISTAN, 24 December: A man was killed in Kohistan bazaar following exchange of words between Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel and local drivers over the closure of the road by former on Saturday.

Local police officials said that FC men beat  a taxi driver after the taxi hit a passing FC convoy conducting a routine patrol on the Karakoram Highway. Subsequently, the locals gathered at the site and entered into arguments with the FC cops, the police officials said and added that the FC men resorted to aerial firing in order to disperse the crowd but in vain.

The police said that then the FC men started direct firing on the crowd which resulted in the killing of a local young man, Farooq.

However  the local residents said the local transporters were asking for the  reopening of a road which was closed by the FC personnel for patrolling of their convoy in Kamila bazaar of Kohistan. The insistent by transporters infuriated the FC men who first beat them and then resorted to firing that caused the death of a person,the local narrated the situation that how it unfolded.

Locals protesting against the killing of a civilian by FC in Kohistan. Photo by Adil Hussain
Locals protesting against the killing of a civilian by FC in Kohistan. Photo by Adil Hussain

Following the incident, a large number of local people took to the bazaar and protested the killing of innocent citizen by the FC personnel. The protestors were demanding the arrest of the FC men involved in the alleged assault.

Meanwhile Assistant Commissioner Kohistan Muhammad Abid said a First Information Report has been filed against the FC officer involved.

The protestors  have also blocked the Karakoram Highway to protest the killing of Farooq and chanted  slogans against FC personnel.

The Deputy Inspector General Hazara, Saeed Wazir told media the Karakoram Highway would be opened for traffic soon.