MIRPURKHAS: A retired sobdar of Pakis­tan Army was killed in an armed clash between two groups of Bhurgari clan over a longstanding dispute over a piece of farmland in Yar Mohammad Bhurgari village, Kot Ghulam Mohammad taluka, on Tuesday.

Sources in the village said that the clash was triggered by attempts by members of both the groups to occupy the disputed land. Retired Sobdar Niaz Bhurgari died on the spot after sustaining gunshot wounds while the assailants fled after the incident.

A strong contingent of the Kot Ghulam Moham­mad police was deployed at the flashpoint in the village to avert further bloodshed. The body was taken to the mortuary of the KGM Taluka Hospital and later handed over to the heirs after legal formalities.

Police picked up several suspects for interrogation and started conducting raids on suspected places to arrest the culprits. Members of both groups were very close relatives, said the sources.

Published in Dawn, April 10th, 2024

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