CHITRAL: The body of a married woman, who had allegedly committed suicide in Torkhow area of Upper Chitral, was recovered from a river near Nishko village here on Tuesday.

A Rescue 1122 official told Dawn that the woman was reportedly suffering from mental illness. He said the woman ended her life by jumping into river. The official said that search for her had been going on for last two days.

He said that Rescue 1122 swimmers faced difficulty in tracing out the body as the river was in high floods due to melting of glaciers.

Separately, the residents of Reshun village, whose land was acquired by the National Highway Authority (NHA) for construction of a diversion for the Chitral-Booni Road, have demanded payment of compensation.

Amirullah Khan, a former member of the district council from the area, told reporters on Monday that after erosion of the Chitral-Booni Road in June, vehicular traffic was suspended for six days. He said that the NHA had acquired land from eight persons for making a diversion.

He said that the diversion passed through standing crops of wheat and vegetables and fruit orchards.

He added that the five families, who were rendered homeless, needed immediate payment of compensation.

The former councilor regretted that the affected families were still waiting for payment of compensation of their land used up for carving the diversion.

Published in Dawn, August 4th, 2021

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