Aliabad/Gulmit/Gilgit, June 17 – Hundreds of volunteers belonging to different villages of Gojal Valley have reportedly reached the lake barrier in boats and started work for widening of the spillway.
Gilgit based residents of Gojal Valley had also reached Aliabad this morning to join the volunteers for widening of the spillway. They were joined by a large number of people from Central and lower Hunza.
According to reports the police forces tried to stop the volunteers from proceeding to the lake barrier because the lake barrier is not safe for human life. A tussle erupted between the protesters and the police and as a result an activist identified as Rehan Shah was reportedly injured due to police violence. The injured volunteer has been shifted to a nearby hospital and is said to be out of danger.
The defiant volunteers are reportedly moving towards the lake barrier to join those from Shishkat, Ayeenabad, Gulmit and other upstream villages who have started working there already.
The government has also reportedly allowed commercial boats to operate in the lake on experimental basis.