Kandahar police colliding with robbers: Residents
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of the capital of southern Kandahar province on Wednesday alleged police were in collusion with robbers in most of theft cases.
Kandahar city dwellers accused police officers of involvement in theft cases and most of burglary cases were taking place in localities close to police check posts.
However, police officers rejected accusations and said that police had intensified efforts to reduce crime rate in the capital city by arresting five robbers every week.
Mohammad Iqbal, a resident of the first police district, said the residents were facing with insecurity in the past but now robbery cases were on rise in the city.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News that robbery was recently increased in Kandahar city as at least one of such incidents happened on daily basis.
“Armed robbers forcefully are depriving locals of cars, bikes and other equipments,” he said, adding the incidents were taking place in areas where police had strong presence.
Iqbal accused police officers of involvement in theft cases and said that robbery case could not take place with connivance of police.
He said that majority of policemen who did not receive their salaries on time resorted to robbery cases through professional thieves. Taj Mohammad, another dweller of Kandahar city, said his car was stolen few days back. He said: “My Corolla model car was stolen in an area where police check post is located at 100 metres distance.”
He linked the robbery cases to joblessness, demanding the government to create job opportunities for people, which would decrease criminal cases to great extent.
However, Kandahar police officials confirmed increase in theft cases but denied involvement of their officers.
Police spokesman Zia Durani said police were patrolling day and night to prevent criminal activities. Police officers detained three to five robbers each week and take them to justice.
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