Photos and report by Farman Karim Baig
Gilgit, June 27: Violent protests have erupted in Gilgit after the death of a young person detained by the police, allegedly due to police torture. Hundreds of people started a procession in the morning from Ghari Bagh, came to Hunza chowk, where they burnt tyres and chanted slogans against the administration, the police and the government. Later the procession moved into the NLI market where the protestors smashed windows of shops expressing their anger and frustration at the death of the youth.
According to reports the police had detained a number of young people as suspects in the murder of Anwar Jan, a government employee murdered recently. One of the detained youth died in police custody due to alleged police torture triggering violent protests in the city.
Gilgit has been tense for some months because of various fresh acts of sectarian violence and the resultant detentions by the police.