Two drivers were reportedly shot dead in Kenyase in the Ashanti Region after personnel of the Ghana Police Service were deployed to the Ashanti regional suburb to halt a demonstration against bad roads in the town.
The deceased (whose names were unknown as of press time) were said to be among seven drivers allegedly shot at by the police during the demonstration.
The other five were reported to be on admission at hospitals in the Kumasi.
According to media reports, the police from Kenyase called for re-enforcement from the Buffalo Unit who were said to have fired teargas and warning shots to disperse the crowd.
This, the reports went on to say, led to the death of the two.
Meanwhile, the police in an interview with Today denied killing any demonstrator in Kenyase.
They however confirmed that they actually engaged rioters in Kenyase.
The Assistant Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ashanti Regional Police Command, Sergeant Godwin Ahianyo, in a telephone interview with this paper, confirmed the police rushed to Kenyase to disperse rioters and not demonstrators.
He said the police considered them rioters because the demonstration had turned violent with the protesters throwing stones and other missiles at the police.
According to Sergent Ahianyo, the protesters also burnt lorry tyres to obstruct the flow of traffic on the busy Kenyase-Antoa road.
Hundreds of passengers were stranded in Kumasi as a result of the demonstration.
Sergeant Ahianyo continued that it was true the police used light armour including teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd but denied reports that two protesters lost their lives.
“It is never true that anyone died in the process…,” he stressed.
He maintained that only five civilians sustained minor injuries and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
However, he affirmed that other civilians were also said to have sustained various degrees of injuries.
Four policemen were also said to have been injured in the process including one who had his teeth broken.
Calm, he said, had been restored at Kenyase with the leaders of the demonstration cooperating with the police in investigation.