Armed hotel owners opened fire on authorities conducting an anti-encroachment operation in Naran Valley on Thursday afternoon. A DSP and a constable of Balakot Police got injured in the incident.
According to details, Kaghan Development Authority (KDA) teams along with police officials had launched an operation to demolish encroachments from the bed of River Kunhar in Naran Valley.
In response, the hotel owners started protesting against the KDA teams and police officials. They also manhandled the officials and damaged several government vehicles by pelting stones at them. Amidst the chaos, few hotel owners opened fire on KDA teams and police officials, injuring two policemen.
The authorities were forced to temporarily halt the anti-encroachment drive. However, it was resumed shortly after reinforcements arrived to assist the authorities.
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Talking to the media, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mansehra, Dr. Qasim Ali Khan, said that the anti-encroachment drive will continue despite the resistance from the encroachers.
DC Mansehra also advised tourists planning to visit the Naran and Kaghan on weekend to learn about the security situation before entering the tourist spots.
Mansehra’s District Administration had launched the anti-encroachment operation after Prime Minister Imran Khan announced multiple development projects for Naran and Kaghan.
The projects include:
- Tree plantation on the banks of River Kunhar
- Distribution of motorbikes among community along River Kunhar
- Raising the population of trout fish in River Kunhar
- Provision of 5.5 million eco-friendly biodegradable bags
- Delivering machinery and equipment for waste collection
- Launching emergency response service for tourists