UPDATE: NPP-NDC clash in Ashtown

Supporters of rival parties National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Thursday, November 29, 2012 clashed in Ashtown, a suburb of Kumasi, TV 3 News’ Evans Nkum has reported.

The cause of the clash was not immediately known.

But speaking on TV 3’s 7GMT, Evans Nkum reports that Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh visited the town to embark on a door-to-door campaign.

However, supporters of NDC also got to the scene at the same time, erupting an altercation between the two rival supporters.

Five of the supporters were injured, Evans confirmed.

But one of them, whose name was only given as Maphus, according to Evans Nkum, was admitted to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital after sustaining a grave injury “from gun shots.”

He is, however, responding well to treatment though doctors fear he may be paralyze.

According to the doctors, the gun shots hit him at his waist.

The police have since deployed personnel to restore peace in the area while investigations into the incident have begun.

“I can say that everything has been normalized, peace has returned to Ashtown following the swift intervention of police,” Evans said Friday, November 30, 2012.

However, he said a group of people believed to be followers of Maphus came to Ashtown to “retaliate” but were prevented by the police, who had been on the watch the whole night.

Meanwhile, Dr Prempeh has been granted a GH ¢30 000 bail by the Ashanti Regional police.

According to the police, what happened in Ashtown Thursday was a case amounting to criminality since there was brandishing of lethal weapons.

DCOP Augustine Gyenning, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, has said the police will intensify operations in the area to prevent any further happenings, Evans said.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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