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November 14, 2014

Mayhem during food distribution in Bannu

 
November 14, 2014

BANNU: Fourteen policemen and 13 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sustained injuries in a clash at the food distribution point here on Thursday, official sources said.Some TV channels reported that two IDPs were killed in the clash, but officials denied the report.
The sources said the clash occurred when the IDPs started looting trucks carrying assistance packages that were to be distributed among them at the main distribution point in the Sports Complex.
The sources said the cops resorted to baton-charge after they failed to control the mob that set the waiting lounge on fire at the Sports Complex.The police fired warning shots into the air. That prompted the enraged IDPs to pelt the cops with bricks and stones. The incident left 14 policemen injured.
The IDPs also hurled stones at the Information Technology Campus of the Bannu University of Science and Technology. The windowpanes of the building were damaged.The infuriated displaced persons also smashed and damaged vehicles parked in the premises of the university.The security forces and a fresh contingent of police were called to control the situation. The sources said that 13 IDPs also sustained injuries in the baton-charge and the subsequent stampede.
The injured were taken to the Khalifa Gul Nawaz Memorial Medical Complex. The police arrested several persons and shifted them to the Cantonment Police Station. The Bannu-Kohat Road remained closed for several hours, which was reopened after the police brought the situation under control.
APP adds: Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif took notice of police action against the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bannu and gave direction to resolve their problems.The prime minister also directed the authorities concern to take care of the IDPs as they had left their homes and were rendering sacrifice for defence of the country, Dr Musadik Malik, Spokesman for the Prime Minister, said in a statement issued here Thursday.

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