Protesters demand Khak-i-Safid district chief sacked
FARAH (Pajhwok): Dozens of enraged protesters in Khak-i-Safid district of western Farah province on Monday claimed the district chief and his guards barged into a local’s house killing two people and wounding nine others.
Around 100 residents of Khoshk Aba village gathered in front of UNAMA’s office in Farah city, demanding the district chief immediate removal.
Noor-ul-Haq Amini, a local elder from the district, said three days back the district chief’s uncle had been abducted and he thought residents of Khoshkaba village had hand in the abduction.
Without any evidence, he said, the district chief had entered the village along with his men firing on ordinary people. As a result, he claimed nine residents were wounded.
Amini said on the same day, the district chief and his guards had raided a funeral ceremony, taking away three people including a child with them.
Amini added: “On Sunday when the news broke that the Taliban had killed the district chief’s uncle, Abdul Khalid the district chief himself killed Khan Mohammad, 21, one of the abducted ones.”
He said one of the children was released on Sunday but the other one, eight years old, has been killed.
Mohammad Ibrahim, 75, Khan Mohammad’s father, who was also among the protesters, said: “My son was neither a Taliban fighter nor member of any armed group. But he was working on the fields as farmer.”
“Everyone who was present at the funeral saw that the district chief took away my son, and based on accurate information, he himself killed my son,” he continued.
He urged the government to immediately sack the district chief and prosecute him.
But Abdul Khaliq Noorzai, Khak-i-Safid district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I am not involved in this case. But after my uncle’s abduction, my cousins contacted Taliban to know about the fate of their father. The Taliban had said they could not do anything, but had named few people in Khoshkaba village as the abductors.”
He confirmed that his relatives had gone to Khoshkaba village for the revenge of his uncle and had killed one person and wounded eight more. “The district is insecure. I couldn’t find my own uncle how could I prevent the relatives.”
Jawad Afghan, provincial governor’s spokesman, said their investigations were ongoing.
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