The chiefs and people of Kwame-Danso in the Sene District have appealed to the Inspector General of Police to as a matter of urgency stop the arrests and molestation of people in the area by the police.

They expressed concern that the police had not conducted proper investigations into the violence that erupted in the area, which led to the death of two persons, and the assault on a police officer.

Nana Yaw Darko Barimah II, Chief of Kwame-Danso, complained that the police had persistently embarked on night swoops and indiscriminately arrested, molested and detained residents of Kwame-Danso, Lassi, Akyeremedeh and Menko

He was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani on Monday after the case was heard by Magistrate’s court.

The chief and more than 40 residents of the area besieged the premises of the court where 20 suspects in the bloody violence that occurred on January 4 this year were arraigned.

The court presided over by Mr. Joseph Mensah, granted GHc 20,000 bail with a surety each to nine of the suspects, and the case was adjourned to February 13.

Nana Barimah said the chiefs and people have made a similar appeal to President John Evans Atta Mills, and added that the presence of the police in the area was affecting farming and economic activities.

He said: “though the dusk to dawn curfew imposed in the area following the violence had been lifted, the contingents of police and military personnel deployed to maintain law and order were still in the community creating “fear and panic among residents.”

Nana Barimah said that the majority of the people standing trial, included innocent farmers, who had left their large farms, and those who might have been involved in the tragedy were those who had fled the town.

He said the Kwame-Danso Traditional Council was determined to support the security agencies to apprehend and bring to book perpetrators of the violence.

Nana Barimah said: “most of the arrests made so far by the police were based on conditions of thought. All residents will have no other alternative than to flee the area if these arrests are continued.”

He appealed to the people to bury their differences and unite for the development of the area.

Nana Barimah commended Government for pursuing its Better Ghana Agenda of which the people of the area had their fair share.

He called on supporters of political parties in the area, especially those of the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress, to tolerate each other’s views to ensure violence-free elections in December. GNA

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