One shot dead during protest against PDS at Agormanya


The police in the Eastern Region have confirmed the killing of a young boy at Odumase following a bloody protest Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased said to be a teenager was reportedly shot dead as police battled protesters in Odumase in the Eastern region over a protracted misunderstanding over electricity bills.

According to some eyewitnesses, the lifeless body of the deceased, said be about 14-years-old was still lying on the road.

He was said to have been hit by a bullet whilst selling sachet water during the protest and a confrontation with the police at Agormanya in the Eastern region.

Three other persons are said to have also been injured.

All injuries were from gunshot wounds in a melee between stone-throwing residents and gun-wielding police officers.

Wednesday’s clash is a climax of weeks of simmering tension and pockets of clashes between residents and police-backed officers of the Power Distribution Services company.

Communities within the Lower Manya Krobo area of the Eastern region have been fighting power suppliers over what they say are high electricity bills.

 

The bills were distributed to homes after they had piled up for at least a year, several sources have attributed the genesis of the conflict.

 

Only Monday, police had to call for reinforcements from Akuse and Koforidua after a disconnection exercise in Manya Kporgunor encountered a hostile household and quickly escalated.

Wednesday’s resumption of hostilities started after PDS officials in the company of police officers disconnected power to a community in Yohe.

Within minutes, angry youths, mainly residents in Agormanya, poured into the streets and spontaneously marched towards the office of the Municipal Chief Executive.

Source: GraphicOnline

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