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    November 22, 2016



Villagers protests-Terich Road closed for vehicular traffic in Simtich

By Zahiruddin

The road to Terich valley in upper Chitral has been closed for vehicular traffic in Simtich as the villagers blocked the road by placing barriers on it to press the government for the payment of land compensation which is pending for the last one year.

The department of communication and works (C&W) had acquired the lands of the villagers to divert the Terich road to pass through the village as the river-side road was washed away by the river in July 2015 but they were not paid a single penny was paid to them.

The villagers had earlier given a deadline of one week to the government for the payment of their compensation and had warned the closure of the road till the acceptance of their demand.

The road was closed by the villagers early on Monday after which vehicular traffic was closed.

When the assistant commissioner of Mastuj Hameedullah Khattak was contacted to know his version, he said that they had reported the situation to the C&W department time and again but to no avail.

He said that the people were justified in their stand as their land had been acquired and no payment was made to them but we will approach them with the request to open the road for traffic and give additional time to the government.


One person die and one inured in a cross firing in Kalash valley

By Our Correspondent

CHITRAL: One person died and other sustained critical injuries as a result of cross firing between the people of the two villages Palawanandeh and Batrik of the Kalash valley of Bumburate here on Monday.

An official of Chitral Police told Chitral Times  that the incident took place in the forest of Achholga over the feud of its proprietorship between the residents of the two villages.

He said that one Mujahideen of Palawanandeh died on the spot after receiving bullet injuries while Wali Khan of the same village sustained injuries and was removed to the DHQ hospital in critical condition.

No person from the village of Batrik injured as a result of firing while the local police has registered a case against six persons of Batrik village including Abdur Rahman, Bahadur Khan, Habib Kone and others.

No arrest has so far been made while filing of this report.



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