Islamabad: Bid to grab land foiled
ISLAMABAD: Villagers of Kirpa village foiled an attempt to grab acres of land by an armed group which was supported by area police and Khokhar clan on Tuesday evening, police sources told Dawn. Fortunately, no loss of life and injuries were reported in the incident till filing of the report at 9:50pm. During the act, gun battles raged in the village after the armed group attacked to grab the land. Automatic gunfire echoed across the village and hundreds of rounds were fired during the hours’ long attempt by the attackers. The sources said that the villagers and the attackers were also enjoying the support of rival political parties. They said that some villagers on Tuesday came over to Senior Superintendent of Police’s (SSP) office at F-8 to lodge a complaint over the possible attack under the support of the Khokhar clan and police as they were receiving threats from them. But they failed to meet with the SSP due to his engagements, they added.
The police sources said that dozens of persons armed with weapons raided the village and started indiscriminate firing.
In response the villagers retaliated and responded in a similar manner. As a result, the attackers used the police team brought for the support, who warned the villagers to stop firing, but the warning was ignored.
Later the police and the attackers tried to round up the villagers involved in the firing, but faced massive retaliation from them.
In response the police on the pretext of ‘law and order’ situation during the gun battle between the villagers and the attackers sought help of a police contingent, reserves and Anti–Terrorism Squad.
However, the villagers pushed back the attackers and the police, before the contingent reached the spot and got control of the area. Over the incident the villagers staged a protest against the attackers and the police and marched towards the Kural Police Station.