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Jalalabad: 21 Indian rickshaws stolen in 2 weeks

Jalalabad: 21 Indian rickshaws stolen in 2 weeks

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Sep 08, 2017 - 16:43

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): More than 20 Indian rickshaws have been stolen during the past two weeks in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province and in some cases, the rickshaw owners were killed.

Pajhwok Afghan News reached out to a family that lost the only bread-winner, a young rickshaw driver, two weeks ago.

The slain driver left behind two daughters and wife and his elderly father is unable to feed the survivors.

Father of the slain rickshaw driver, Haji Andar Seer, said they migrated to Jalalabad, the provincial capital, from Kot district due to clashes between Daesh and government forces.

He said the body of his murdered son was not recognizable and was not shown to the family.

The Rickshaw Drivers Union say at least 20 three-wheelers have been stolen and some drivers killed during the past two weeks.

The union head, Attaullah Bashardost, said they had so far registered 21 incidents of rickshaw steeling and the number of such incidents might be higher.

The drivers said the government should protect their lives and security forces should search thoroughly passengers.

Abdul Mujib, who has been plying rickshaw in Jalalabad for the past four months, said fears started gripping his heart after the sunset.

Provincial officials said they had registered the killing of only one rickshaw driver and the missing of some rickshaws in the past two weeks, but what made them worried was the targeting of the Indian rickshaws only.

The governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, some rickshaws after being stolen had been recovered and returned to their owners.

“It is a matter of concern that why only the Indian rickshaws are targeted, we have launched our investigation in this regard.”

Incidents of targeted killings, armed robberies and kidnappings have increased in Nangarhar during the past two months.

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