Gilgit, June 18: Early in the morning groups of people belonging to Shishkat, Ayeenabad and Gulmit reached barrier of the lake formed on Hunza River to resume widening of the spillway.
The police today did not allow the people from Aliabad to move towards the lake barrier, stopping them near Ganish bridge.
NDMA top officials visited the lake barrier and aerially inspected the laboring volunteers. According to unconfirmed reports a Lama chopper also landed near the lake barrier and the officials held discussions with the local people.
NDMA has reportedly assured the volunteers to set an expert panel for reassessment of the lake barrier to resume expansion of the spillway. At assurance of the NDMA officials the volunteers have stopped the work and returned to their villages.
In the meanwhile BBC reports that boats used by the volunteers to reach the lake barrier from upstream areas have been confiscated by fresh contingents of police dispatched to Gulmit today. BBC quotes DC Hunza – Nagar as saying that the boats were illegally being used by the affected people. DC Taj has also been quoted as saying that the widening activity poses threat to life of the people.
The government has also imposed section 144 of the Pakistan Penal Code, baring people from organizing into groups of 5 and more.