Watermelon seller flogs beggar for setting fire to grass

Watermelon seller flogs beggar for setting fire to grass

A 40-year-old amputee was last Sunday beaten by a watermelon seller for setting fire on the grass and trees planted at the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange meant for beautification purposes.

The fight which lasted for about three minutes attracted some passers-by who attempted and failed to separate them.

Hawkers selling around the interchange had been accused of burning the grass for the past week but none of them claimed responsibility.

Watermelon seller flogs cripple for setting fire to grass

Watermelon seller in a fight with the beggar Source: Myjoyonline.com
Source: UGC

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A fire was set at a location close to the Villagio Estate which burnt the trees and grass planted by city authorities.

According to the watermelon seller, Ama Sarpong, they had been on alert when they saw a cloud of thick smoke coming from near the footbridge so they rushed to the scene.

Surprisingly, they only met Baba Iddris, a beggar at the interchange, who was busily setting more fire.

Ama said her plea to stop Baba from burning the bushes got him angry and he started insulting her.

Watermelon seller flogs cripple for setting fire to grass

Portion of grass set ablaze Source: Myjoyonline
Source: UGC

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She raised concerns by indicating that: “we are in the harmattan season which is not safe for indiscriminate bush burning especially at the interchange where hundreds of vehicles get stuck in traffic during the rush hours.”

“The place was bushy and authorities are not coming to weed it...I, therefore, decided to burn it to drive away snakes and other reptiles,” Baba said in his defence.

In the process, there was a heated exchange of insults which generated into a fierce fight attracting passers-by.

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