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Logar police severely beat residents after blast

Logar police severely beat residents after blast

Jan 08, 2018 - 17:51

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Police ‘ruthlessly’ thrashed a number of residents in this capital city of central Logar province after an explosion.

Residents of Jumma Kala, Ali Khan Kala, Bucha Kala, Muhajir, Khwaja Mohammad and Akbar Kala areas of Pul-i-Alam visited the Provincial Council office to complain against the police behavior.

Bismillah, 50, a resident of Jumma Kala area, talking on behalf of others, told the public representatives that a police vehicle struck a roadside bomb in their village on Sunday.

After the explosion, Afghan Local Police and Public Order Police forces entered the village and beat up many people, he said.

 “They began hitting me with the butts of their guns and sticks in front of our women and children, throwing the turban away from my head, they used abusive words, as I was bleeding,” he said.

He showed the signs of torture on his body to the provincial council members as evidence. “If my case is not followed, I am ready to do anything.”

Samiullah, 60, another elderly man, said: “I swear Russian and US forces cannot commit such cruelty as did to us by our own police, this is not the first time, police in the past too had beaten people.”

He said he was feeding his livestock in front of his house when police suddenly came and beat him hard.

 “They entered our house and scattered women’s clothes, they insulted us with abusive language and called us Taliban and they threatened to take away our women if we do not correct ourselves,” Samiullah said.

A number of other people with their feet and hands bandaged said police had broken their bones.

After hearing their complaints, the provincial council head, Hasibullah Stanikzai, said they would seriously follow the issue and would try to punish the perpetrators.

“There is no doubt you are beaten by police , I can see the signs on your bodies, we would follow it seriously,” he told the people.

However, police spokesman, Shapor Ahamadzai, told Pajhwok the issue would be investigated and said police never harassed or insulted people.

He said police always serve people and they would never insult them. “I will directly share this issue with the police chief and would follow it as soon as possible.”

On the other hand, the governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, said that people in the past had also complained against police forces after explosions and security incidents.

“The governor recently called all local police and other police commanders and asked seriously asked them not to harass people,” he said. He said they would take decisive actions if those beaten complained to them.

People in other parts of the country also complain about police highhandedness.