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Residents trying to usurp our plots: police trainers

Residents trying to usurp our plots: police trainers

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Oct 27, 2016 - 18:45

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Teachers at the police training center in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday said some people were not allowing them to construct houses in a township the government had allocated to them.

The trainers said local people in the past too had stolen construction materials worth a million afghanis and again they were planning to steal the rocks and grab the township land.

Addressing a press conference in Jalalabad, the teachers also showed documents of plots which had been allotted to them under the residential scheme by the government.

The police training center is spread over 52 acres of land in Hisar Shahi area of Rodat district on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway. The township on 30 acres of land lies in front of the police training center.

Subhanallah, training manager at the Nangarhar police academy, said that the township had been allocated to them by former governor Gul Agha Sherzai in 2006 and all the legal phases had already been passed.

However, he said local residents were still trying to prevent constructions on the plots.

He said the plan and design of the township had been completed and the land plots allocated to teachers, but local residents who previously stolen construction rocks had now the plan to grab the entire land.

A trainer at the police academy, Shafiullah, said 40 police trainers had so far been killed in roadside blasts on the way to the city.

He said construction of the township would help reduce trainers’ casualties and better maintain security of the training center.

Another police trainer, Ahmad Bilal, said land for another township for police forces had been allotted about 10 years ago, but it plots were yet to be distributed.

He expressed concern over non-distribution of land plots and said the township would possibly be usurped by other people who could also pose a threat to security of the training center if they constructed residential buildings there.

On the other hand, Ahmad Gul, on behalf of the people who want to prevent construction of the township, confirmed the rocks had been took away and construction process prevented by local residents.

He said the land belonged to local residents who had decided to prevent other people from living there.

“We have in the past too told the government that the land is ours, but they did not listen and arbitrary started construction of the township, then we decided to take away the rocks and prevent the construction,” he said.

Gul said local people again had decided to prevent the construction process.

However, Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, said plots had been grabbed in all townships including the township of police trainers.

“Investigations into such issues and an effective plan to resolve the problem have been started and Nangarhar people would soon witness progress in this regard,” he said.

Currently all police trainers live in Jalalabad city where they often come under attack from militants.

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