by Noor Akbar
Ghizar, January 12: Local people in Gupis thrashed a Tehsildar when he used foul words for the community, instead of paying heed to their constant complaints. The Tehsildar got head injuries, according to some reports, but was out of danger.
According to reports received water falling from a tank of roof of the Tehsildar’s residence was causing problems for those passing through the adjacent street. There were complaints about children, women and elders slipping on the ice formed due to severe cold in the street. A local man told this scribe on phone that several complaints had been launched, asking the Tehsildar to keep the passage safe and clean for the public. He, reportedly, did not listen to the complaints.
On Monday some people went to the Tehsildar’s house to request him again for stopping the flow of water, but instead of listening to them he, reportedly, hurled abusive words against the elders and the local community.
The news of this incident spread across the village shortly and a mob got the Tehsildar in his office and thrashed him severely, causing head injuries. After that the mob started protesting against the local administration, demanding immediate removal of the official from Gupis valley. The local people have formed a Jirga to pressurize the deputy commissioner for initiating action against the government official.
The Naukar Shahi in Gilgit – Baltistan has traditionally acted more like colonial masters of the region, rather than as public servants and there have been several incidents of violence triggered by the rogue, insensitive and humiliating language used for the, otherwise, peaceful people.
Some people, however, have said that violence is not a solution in such cases. “The problem could have been handled in a more peaceful manner”, another local person told this scribe.