January 2005 News

Relatives bury victims amid curfew in Gilgit

10 January 2005
The Daily Times
Staff Report

Gilgit: Relatives began burying the 14 people killed in Saturday's sectarian clashes in Gilgit amid the shoot-on-sight curfew, now entering its third day, imposed in the city, witnesses and officials said on Monday.A local resident said four victims of the violence were buried in Gilgit city graveyard on Monday.Doctors at Gilgit's hospital said they had handed over 10 bodies to relatives while four unidentified corpses were still in the mortuary. 'They are badly charred and can't be identified,' a doctor said.An official said an investigation team had been formed to investigate the incident but added that no arrests had been made so far. Local residents claimed the curfew imposed after the riots had left them short of food. 'Children are suffering because there is no milk in the house,' a local resident said.Grocery shops were secretly selling essential items like wheat flour, rice, bread, milk and other items at exorbitant prices, he added said. No violent incident had taken place since the curfew, officials told Daily Times on Monday.Sectarian clashes broke out when unidentified assailants shot at the car Shia leader Agha Ziauddin was travelling in, killing two of his bodyguards and seriously injuring him. The administration imposed the curfew after Shia mobs went on a rampage in retaliation to the attack on their leader, and 14 people including a forest officer and a senior health department official were killed. Mr Ziauddin and one of his injured bodyguards have been taken to the Rawalpindi Combined Military Hospital. Shia leader and former Northern Areas Legislative Council member Deedar Ali told Daily Times that the condition of Mr Ziauddin and his bodyguard were stable.

 

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