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04.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Police Patrol team averts blood bath

By GNA

The timely intervention of a police patrol team prevented a clash between some settler Krobo farmers and their land owners at a funeral of a 70 year-old prominent farmer, at Atedrom in the Akyemmansa District at the weekend.

However, the man at the centre of the controversy, identified as Salifu, a known macho man, was severely beaten and is currently on admission at the Akyem Oda Government Hospital.

Mr David Donkor, a Head Teacher of the Local Authority Camp Primary School at Etwereso and a brother of the deceased Stephen Kwame Amoatia, told the GNA that during the funeral rites, some youth started to misbehave thus disrupting the function.

He said the youth who hailed from the area started to insult the elders especially, the Krobo settler farmers throwing missiles at everything in sight.

Mr Donkor alleged that Salifu started attacking the elders and assaulted some of the youth, especially the Krobos.

He said the situation later degenerated into a free for all fight, with a Methodist Pastor who attended the funeral also being assaulted and his car vandalized.

Mr Donkor said a report was later made to the police and a police patrol team from Akyem Oda rushed to the area to bring the situation under control.

Meanwhile, at the time of filing the story, calm had returned to the community

GNA

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