By Ghulam Nasir
Passu, October 8: Chinese laborers working on the expansion project of Karakuram Highway tortured a local driver, Gari Khan, working for the CBRC in Passu locality of Gojal valley. When police tried to intervene and stop the fight, an ASI was also beaten up by the enraged Chinese laborers. Police constables resorted to aerial firing to disperse the laborers when they failed to save their colleague.
SP Wasal Khan and SP Ali Sher specially came to Gojal to look into the matter and settle the dispute. A case has been registered against the Chinese laborers on request of the police ASI, however local police could not act against the Chinese, as they enjoy diplomatic amenity.
Several incident of mob violence by the Chinese workers have taken place in the region, in which most of the time victims are Chinese co – workers. However, on at least three occasions fights with local workers and police officials have also been reported during the past.