Tussle at football match leads to violence in Gilgit city

PT Report (Updated)

Gilgit, July 31: What was supposed to be a healthy football match led to widespread fear in Gilgit today as the mountains echoed with bullet fires coming from different directions.

According to information two club teams were playing a football match where goalkeeper of a team, allegedly, pushed a player of the opposite team. This, alleged, push led to a skirmish as players from both teams pelted each other with stones. 12 players were injured. A contingent of police arrived at the spot and finished the feud. The injured were shifted to hospitals for first aid and the match was called off.

Soon after a vehicle carrying three players of one club was pelted with stones in Khomar. Supporters of these players came to the road and protested against the administration, demanding arrest of the perpetrators. Many people were injured during clashes between the protesters and law enforcing agencies.

A policeman was injured in Kashrot when unknown people opened fire on him in the evening.

Panic prevailed in the city as unknown people sprayed bullets in the air from unidentified locations.

Abbas Wafa adds: A Deputy Superintendent of Police was injured yesterday as a result of firing in Nagaral and Kashrote. Due to the tense situation the local administration has imposed section 144 in the city for undefined period, restricting rights of mobility and assembly in groups of five and more.

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