Gilgit, September 16: At least three people, including Shams Uddin, Riaz Karim and Muhammad Ali, have been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, each, for being involved in torching of the Police Station and damaging government property in Aliabad and Gulmit, in Hunza subdivision.
According to details, an Anti-Terrorist Court in Gilgit sentenced each one of them to ten years in prison. Two people, Sabir and Iqbal, were reported to be absconders in the same case. On arrest they will also get 10 years in prison.
The convicts were represented by Advocate Haq Nawaz, while the state was represented by the Public Prosecutor.
In August 2011, a large mob, enraged by the police shooting of two protesting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Aliabad, had attacked police station in Gulmit and Aliabad and torched parts of it. The police had shot dead two unarmed IDPs, displaced from Shishkat village of Gojal due to the damming of Hunza river, while they were peacefully protesting to get compensation for the loss of property.
The brutal daylight murder of the IDPs, father and son, had sparked a wave of protest across the region, with thousands of people coming on the roads to condemn the heinous act of the police and seek justice for the murdered IDPs. Protest demonstrations were held in all parts of Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Ghizer and also Chilas.
Violent protests had erupted in Aliabad and several government offices were torched and official roughed up, as the anger boiled over. Mob attacked the Police Station in Gulmit and Aliabad on that day and put part of it on fire. Cases were consequently registered against dozens of people, mostly youth, under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Later, a Judicial Commission was formed to investigate the shooting of the IDPs but nothing is known of the findings of the commission’s report. It is believed that powerful government personalities have successfully been able to push the Commission’s report under the carpet, to save their necks, or that of their near and dear ones. The DSP, who allegedly ordered firing on the protesters, was promoted to the rank of SSP.