AYUN, Nov 16: Police here on Friday arrested about 20 persons on the charge of rioting and violating section 144 and registered cases against 20 others.
The arrests were made during a shutter-down call given by the residents of Ayun and nearby areas against brutal cutting of forest in the Kalash valleys and non-release of scores of other locals arrested a few months back. Schools in the town also remained closed and a large number of students took out a rally in support of the residents.
Police are conducting raids to arrest the 20 persons against whom cases have been registered. Due t the strike and rally, traffic on the main Chitral and Ayun roads remained blocked, creating immense problems to the people. Details are awaited.—G.H. Farooqui]]>