From Kwesi Alfred Adams, Takoradi .A clash between three military personnel from the Takoradi Airforce Command and suspected Indian hemp (wee) smokers at Asakai, a suburb of Takoradi, has resulted in the death of one of the soldiers.
The deceased, whose identity has not been disclosed by the police, reportedly died from cutlass wounds inflicted on him by his assailants, who have since gone into hiding.
Information available to The Chronicle indicates that the incident occurred about two weeks ago at a popular spot called Backyard at Asakai.
The soldier, after the attack, was reportedly rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The three military officers, including the deceased, had gone to the town in civilian uniforms to teach the gangsters a lesson for snatching a phone from a lady friend.
A misunderstanding ensued between them (soldiers) and the suspected wee smokers, who did not know that the three persons were military personnel. The run-away suspects reportedly grabbed a cutlass and inflicted injuries on the soldiers.
The Public Relations Officer of the Regional Police Command, Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, who confirmed the story in a telephone interview, said the two suspects behind the crime are on the run.
According to her, police investigators have visited the crime scene and investigations were still ongoing.
Unconfirmed report says some soldiers from the barracks, where the deceased was stationed, are planning to invade the town if the suspects behind the heinous crime are not handed over to them.
The threat, The Chronicle was told, has sent shivers down the spines of residents in the community.
As a result, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Kwesimintsim, Kojo Acquah, and the Chief of Asakai, Nana Asante Kojo, are in talks with the military over the incident, to help find the perpetrators.
The Personal Assistant to the MCE confirmed in a telephone interview with this reporter that the MCE and the Chief are talking to both the police and the military over the incident.
The Chronicle gathered that the Asakai Chief had already held a meeting with the community members, where he expressed concern about what had happened and the bad image it had created for them.
He charged his subjects to help trace and arrest the suspects behind the crime.
He said the act had brought the community into disrepute, and further told the durbar that, as a law abiding citizen who does not want his community to be associated with such incident, he was ready to fish out the faces behind the murder of the soldier.
The community should, as well, assist by providing information of the identities of those behind the murder of the soldier.