By Our Correspondent
YASEN: Twenty persons out of 22 nominated for allegedly attacking the engineers and other staff of a Chinese company busy in exploring minerals at Yasin-Gandai were arrested after a local court turned down their bail appeals.
As a result, people took to the streets and protested the move after blocking the road.
The protesters clashed with a group of policemen headed by AC Gupis in which one policeman and one citizen were injured. Anger youth on the occasion also snatched a rifle from a police constable. Reports said the police were planning to launch an operation in the area.
The Chinese company officials were driven out of the area a few days back by the residents. Later, the company nominated the 22 persons in a case registered with the local police and also claimed Rs2.7 damage.
The accused persons had got bail before arrest from a local court but an additional sessions judge cancelled the bail on Tuesday. The police arrested the 20 persons from the premises of the court and shifted them to Gahkuch police station.
The protesters blocked Gupis-Yasen road for all types of traffic. They were chanting slogans against the local administration. In the meantime AC Gupis along with a police team reached on the spot and tried to persuade the protesters to disperse. But after exchange of harsh words the clash occurred.
The local police have cancelled the leaves of all their personnel and requisitioned additional force from Gilgit to control the situation.