Young man killed as police opened fire during aid distribution in Jaffarabad
The father of the deceased young man burst into tears after the incident: Photo grabbed from a video provided by the author

Aziz Marri:

A young man was killed when police allegedly opened fire in Balochistan’s Jaffarabad district on Thursday evening. The young man identified as Naurez 25 was killed in the flood-hit district during aid distribution by an international charity organization.

“We have taken the policeman into custody after the incident”, Abdul Hayee Baloch, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Naseerabad told Daily Quetta Voice via telephone. He said the accused would be suspended and a case would also be registered against him.

“I want justice for my son”, the father of the victim Wasand Khan Masthoi burst into tears. He said, “my son was innocent and police martyred him during relief goods distribution”. The dead body of the victim was taken to the district headquarters hospital in Jaffarabad. A large number of people gathered in the hospital. Security was also tightened in and outside the hospital as crowds started coming in the premises of the hospital.

Eyewitnesses said a crowd gathered in the cattle farm area of Jaffarabad during the relief goods distribution by an NGO. Police resorted to firing to disperse the public as the aid was limited and the number of affectees was more, they said.

Protesters block the road against the incident

The angry protesters blocked the road against the incident and demanded that the police to take action against the responsible policeman. DIG Police Abdul Hayee Baloch and other senior officials reached the spot to have negotiations with protesters.

The protesters chanted full-throated slogans against the police and government. “Your demands would be met and the accused would be punished”, Abdul Hayee Baloch assured the protesters. Women had also joined the protest demonstration. Long queues of vehicles were also witnessed on the road because of the blockade of the road.

Floods wreaked havoc in the Naseerabad division. Over half a million people have been homeless as a result of the flash floods unleashed by torrential rains.

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Quetta Voice is an English Daily covering all unfolding political, economic and social issues relating to Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province in terms of area. QV's main focus is on stories related to education, promotion of quality education and publishing reports about out of school children in the province. QV has also a vigilant eye on health, climate change and other key sectors.