PASSU, (Gojal) June, 25: The local police on Sunday afternoon arrested Prince Salman Khan, the youngest son of Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan, and his gunman on charges of firing gunshots at a village in Gojal Tehsil of Hunza District, sources in the Gojal police told The High Asia Herald.
The police registered a case against the suspects in the Gulmit police station for violation of a ban on display and use of guns publicly and creating fear and panic among the people. by opening fire on swung into action after the news of indiscriminate gunshots fired at Passu Village Sunday morning became viral on social media.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Saeed Jan and station house officers (SHOs) of Gulmit and Sost police stations initiated a probe into the incident.
They reached the village, collected spent shell casings from the firing site, gathered information from the villagers and recorded witness accounts.
They promised to file a case of the incident and take action against the persons involved accordingly.
According to witnesses, at around 10:30am some trigger happy political bigwigs and bureaucrats of the Hunza District in a white land cruiser escorted by police, fired gunshots at Mirzabad from Yashfendan Mor.
They continued indiscriminate fire at the small settlement for 20 minutes. Some bullets hit the houses creating fear and panic among the residents. The culprits sped towards Sost. On way back to Hunza, they resorted to aerial firing again.
A large number of people who had gathered for a local ritual to remember the departed souls before Eid day became panic due to the shower of bullets. Shahid Akhtar, a political activist and local resident hid in a field to save himself from a volley of the bullets.
He filed a complaint with the local police about the incident.
They were intercepted by the Gojal police at Shishkat police checkpoint and seized 9mm guns and two pistols from the vehicle. However, the police allowed Salman Khan to proceed to Hunza with two policemen but detained his gunman.
Salim Khan’s clarification
Meanwhile, Salim Khan, a member of GBLA in a statement admitted that firing took place but denied his involvement in the incident. He blamed his younger brother and assured an action against him according to law.
“I would like to officially clarify that 20 mins of indiscriminate aerial firing took place at Passu, Gojal by Prince Salman Khan. He was accompanied by police official escort along with some women companions (some of them were foreigners)”, Salim Khan said adding that “the vehicle used by Prince Salman Khan (white land cruiser bearing number plate HUNZA) is the official vehicle of the Governor Gilgit-Baltistan and not my personal vehicle (HUNZA 1) which is coincidentally the same color and specification.
“I have asked the administration to take full legal action against this unlawful incident. Due process of law should prevail. Once again, I strongly condemn this act and my solidarity is with my people of Passu Gojal,” he concluded.
Passu village has been declared a protected area for wildlife where gunfire is banned and punishable.
The residents, political and youth activists blocked the KKH to protest the incident.
They demanded an immediate action against the persons involved in firing as, according to the villagers, it is a criminal act and violation of the law with an aim to disturb the peace of the region.
Meanwhile political and youth activists from Hunza District and Gilgit-Baltistan have condemned the incident and demanded that the culprits should be brought to book and punished under the law.
DC Hunza couldn’t be reached for his comments despite a number of calls by the reporter.