Villagers fleeing from flooded affected areas shout anti-government slogans as they make a road block to protest against the delay in flood relief in the Badin district on Saturday. – Photo by Reuters

SANGHAR: An MPA and member of the district relief committee was booked along with his two guards for murder after a youth was shot dead on Saturday outside his factory where relief goods to be distributed among rain-affected people had been stored.

A large number of the rain-hit people had gathered outside the Al-Rehmat Cotton Factory in Jhol town and started taking away the relief goods stored in a godown of the factory.

The guards tried to stop them but failed. The guards then allegedly opened fire, killing a youth. The 15-year-old deceased was identified as Ghulam Hussain, son of Sain Bux Shar, a resident of Jhol’s Ward No 3.

MPA Rana Abdul Sattar, of the PML-Functional, owns the factory. He is a member of the district relief committee organised by the Sindh government to ensure distribution of relief through elected representatives in a fair and transparent manner.

The Jhol police registered an FIR against Rana Sattar and guards Yar Mohammad Kharal and Ali Jan under sections 302, 147, 148 and 114 of the PPC.

Complainant Moula Bukhsh Shar, an uncle of the slain youth, said in the FIR that the rain-affected people had gathered around the MPA when he came out of his factory. They were demanding relief goods, apparently angering the MPA who asked his guards to open fire. The guards did so, leading to the death of Ghulam Hussain.

No arrest was made till late on Saturday.

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