Protestors Block Farah-Herat Highway
FARAH CITY : Police arrested several residents in connection with the abduction of an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander’s son in the BalaBaluk district of western Farah province, locals alleged on Sunday.In reaction to the arrests, angry residents of Shewani village staged a protest and blocked the busy Farah-Herat highway, Haji Ziauddin, a former member of the provincial council, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Taliban had abducted the son of ALP Commander Ahmad Shah, but dozens of innocent villagers had been arrested, he complained, saying that most of the detainees were aged people, who were badly beaten by police. Several times, residents complained to district officials, but they did nothing, the elder lamented, saying people had been forced into staging the protest and blocking the Farah-Herat highway.
Shekh Ahmad, another villager, also accused ALP personnel of arresting more than 50 residents. He said hundreds of people joined the protest that would continue until their detainees were freed.But Brig. Gen. Mohammad RaziqYaqubi, the provincial police chief, insisted they had held 12 relatives of Taliban. He said he was in BalaBaluk to talk to the protestors to solve the issue and ensure the release of the commander’s son.
QariYousaf, the Taliban spokesperson, confirmed the fighters had abducted the ALP commander’s son on Friday. But police had arrested 40 common villagers with no link to the kidnapping, he said. (PAN)