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Enraged Khost protestors want police chief sacked

Enraged Khost protestors want police chief sacked

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Oct 02, 2017 - 19:00

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of protestors in Dwamanda district of southeastern Khost province on Monday asked the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to dismiss the provincial police chief and the crime-branch head for incompetency and demanded their referral to attorney’s office.

The protestors numbering in hundreds blocked the Kabulinfo-icon-Khost Highway for traffic for almost four hours in Borgai area of the district.

They alleged the Police Chief Brig. Gen. Faizullah Ghairat and the crime branch chief at the police headquarters, Col. Shir Dawood Tanai, had no intention of arresting criminals but rather had joined hands with offenders.

An organizer of the demonstration, Haji Fateh, told Pajhwok Afghan News that if the police authorities and other security personnel couldn’t curb armed robberies and kidnappings, they should hand in their resignations.

“The police chief and crime-branch head have share in all offenses that occur, such as robberies, kidnappings, drug sales.”

Another protestor, Jalat Khan, who was earlier kidnapped, said his abductors were identified but security officials took no step to apprehend them.

Another protestor, Dari Khan, accused security officials of incompetency and dereliction of duty, saying they had secret hands in crimes with irresponsible armed men. “The crimes graph has surged after the Ramadaninfo-icon month as more than 200 vehicles have been stolen; but no one was arrested and none of the vehicles were recovered. Actually security personnel have done nothing in this regard.”

The demonstrators warned of continuing rallies if the police chief and crime branch head weren’t referred to judicial organizations and kidnappers not arrested

A few weeks earlier, the district residents had conducted similar protest rally.

Police chief, Faizullah Ghairat, denied all accusations leveled against him by people, saying the protestors were provoked by some circles, who served personal interests. All criminals had been faced with legal action and no one had been set free, he concluded.

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