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Helmand residents complain of robbers

Helmand residents complain of robbers

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Jul 17, 2011 - 15:29

LASHKARGAH (PANinfo-icon): The residents of Garam Sair and Navi districts of southern Helmand complain of robbers along their way to capital Lashkargah.

Many of those affected, including farmers, joined a protest in front of the provincial office. They said they carry their products to provincial capital Lashkargah during the night due to the hot weather, and they are vulnerable to robbers along the way.

They said the robbers steal their products, money, mobile phones, and even tractors by force on the way to capital Lashkargah.

Abdul Hadi, a resident of Navi district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that while farmers were carrying melons to the city, three robbers had stolen their tractor, money, and mobile phones in the Drigo area.

He said the robbers first beat them before stealing their property.

Juma Gul, another farmer, said that robbers had beaten an old man nearly to death.

He urged security officials to set up check points along the way to Lashkargah so that farmers could safely carry their products to market.

The provincial deputy police chief, Col. Kamaludin Sherzai, said police have met the district residents and talked with the Gram Sair and Navi district security officials to soon meet their problems.

He said such incidents had never occurred in the area before.

The deputy police chief said the police had set up check points and would soon arrest the robbers.

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