Muzaffarabad: Land dispute kills 4
MUZAFFARABAD: Four persons from a relatively small tribe were shot dead by their opponents from a major tribe over a land dispute in the Kotli district of Azad Kashmir on Monday. Police sources said two groups from Gujjar and Jogi tribes were having a feud over a forestland in Potha village of district Kotli. The issue was also under litigation for the last eight or so months in a local lower court. On Monday, as the Jogi tribe was herding cattle in the disputed land, they came under attack from the Gujjar tribe and in the ensuing clash both sides used batons and axes.
However, the Gujjar tribe resorted to gunshots, killing Amir Afzal, Mohammad Shabbir, Mohammad Idrees and Mohammad Rasheed from Jogi tribe.
Seven others from Jogi tribe sustained injuries and two of them were referred to DHQ Hospital Kotli and Pims Islamabad on account of their critical wounds.
SSP Kotli Haji Ghulam Akbar told Dawn by telephone that police had arrested the principal accused Manzoor Hussain and his accomplices Nazkat Hussain, Zebun Nisa and Makhni Begum. Three more were being hunted and would be nabbed within next 24 hours, he said.