300 sacks of stolen pulses seized in Lashkargah
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Police in southern Helmand province confiscated a truck loaded with 300 sacks of pulses, which had been stolen from the education department of southern Ghazni province, an official said on Thursday.
Police had prior information that a vehicle with stolen pulses would arrive in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, from Ghazni in order to sell the commodity, the first police district chief, Lt. Jan Agha Dawari, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The seizure came late on Wednesday when the vehicle entered Lashkargah, he said, adding one person had been arrested in connection with the theft.
Dawari believed the pulses were meant at distributing among teachers and students in Ghazni, but were stolen and smuggled into Helmand before reaching the deserving people.
He identified the detainee as Mohammad Khan, saying Ghazni officials would be informed once police investigation into the matter was completed.
Khan told reporters he had purchased the pulses from a trader in Ghazni City. “I don’t know from where these pulses have been stolen. The trader asked me to take the pulses to Helmand against fare, but later agreed to sell me the rest.”
However, Ghazni education director Mohammad Abid Waisi ruled out any assistance that included pulses.
He said they received ghee and biscuits from the World Food Programme (WFP) and stationary from the UNICEF, but the pulses might have no connection with the education department.
The director said he had newly been appointed to the job and had no knowledge if the pulses had been donated to the education department in the past.
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