The injured persons displaying their wounds
TWO PERSONS have sustained gunshot wounds when a dispute which erupted over land in the ancient Asante town of Antoa suddenly turned bloody.
The injured persons were identified as Nana Kwadwo Sarkodie, 40 and Kwabena Tawiah, 39, all residents of Antoa in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region.
A group of stoutly-built (‘macho men’) reportedly hired by a developer to protect his land, allegedly opened fire on the residents on Tuesday.
Scores of angry residents of Antoa had marched to a construction site in the town to protest when the trigger-happy men fired shots to disperse them.
Most of the fear-stricken people were able to flee from harm but Sarkodie and Tawiah were reportedly hit by bullets.
The two men, who bled profusely, were rushed to the hospital where they were treated and discharged the same day, sources hinted this paper.
Information making the rounds indicates that a certain developer had started filling a water way with red sand to enable him put up a house at the place; but the residents are said to have put up a strong resistance, claiming that the blocking of the water way would eventually have adverse consequence on the Asamang stream, which is their source of drinking water.
On Tuesday the Antoa residents invaded the construction site to prevent the workers from filling the water way with loads of red sand.
Their mere presence at the construction site suddenly ignited skirmishes between them and the macho men, allegedly brought there to protect the land.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi