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Relatives Of Tank Clash Victims Hold Protest By Placing Bodies On Road

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TANK: The death toll from Thursday’s clash between two rival groups has risen to 16 after police recovered a bullet-riddled body of a man from the fields in Ammakhel village here on Friday.

The relatives of the deceased held a demonstration against the killings by placing the bodies of 15 victims on the road in the city centre, while demanding immediate arrest of the killers. The protestors blocked the main road for over six hours.

According to police, the body of a Betani tribesman, identified as Muntazir Betani, was recovered from a field. They said that he was killed in firing by Inam Marwat group.

The protestors were led by Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) member of provincial assembly (MPA) Mehmood Khan Betani, its district chief Ahmad Jan, former MPA Ghulam Qadir Khan Betani and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Nadeem Mahsud.

While condemning the killings, the speakers at the protest alleged that the police were not making any efforts to arrest the killers.

Meanwhile, Tank Deputy Commissioner Fahad Wazir held talks with the demonstrators and assured them that the culprits would be arrested at the earliest. He also requested the protestors to clear the main road for traffic.

Dera Ismail Khan Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Syed Feroz Shah also reached the area to persuade the protestors to remove the bodies for burial.

Later, DC Wazir held a press briefing where he said that Inam Marwat group was wanted by the police in 21 different cases of heinous nature.

He also said that cases would be registered against Inam Marwat and five other members of his group under 7 ATA and their houses would also be demolished under the local customs.

After removing the bodies from the road, the protesters did not disperse and continued to hold the sit-in. Later, the police resorted to baton charge and teargas shelling to disperse them and open the road. Shops and markets in the city also remained closed during the protest.

Earlier, armed men from the Betani tribe had shot dead two relatives of Inam Marwat. Later, Inam Marwat and his armed men attacked Betani tribesmen and killed two of them at a petrol station. The gunmen later opened fire on a motorcycle, killing a Betani man and injuring his son.

Shortly afterwards, the Inam Marwat group opened indiscriminate firing on a moving commuter van which killed 10 people, including a woman and child.

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