Jun 01, 2010

Balochistan: Baloch Activist Shot By Police At Protest

Sample ImageAn activist from the Balochistan National Party-Mengal was shot dead by police at a protest against the arrests of party workers.

Below is an article published by Rediff News:


Police shot dead an activist of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) and injured five others on Saturday, as it fired on the workers of the party who were staging a protest against the indiscriminate arrest of their fellow party workers.

The BNP-M activists organised a protest against the arrests of party workers following the killing of four policemen. They condemned the large-scale police search operation to arrest the party workers. Earlier, BNP workers staged a sit-in at the Saryab Road near the Burma Hotel and alleged that police had illegally arrested around 70 people most of them BNP-M workers. They said that the outlawed religious outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had accepted the responsibility for the killing of the policemen but the government had arrested BNP-M workers despite the fact that the party followed a secular agenda and had nothing to do with religious extremism.

Police used teargas to disperse the protesters. Angry protesters blocked roads in Shahbaz Town and Mano Jan Road where police and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel baton charged the protesters to disperse them. The law enforcement agencies fired at the protesters, seriously injuring BNP-M worker Naseer Lango. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.