Chora district chief accused of extorting residents
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Some residents of Chora district of central Uruzgan province complain the district chief takes illegal money from them for shifting firewood from their own land.
“The district chief takes money from every vehicle, if a driver denies, his vehicle is stopped until he pays the illegal tax,” a resident of the district, Wali Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“I supply wood from my own orchard and land to the city for sale due to poverty, but police confiscates the firewood and the district chief takes,” he said.
Another resident, Wali, said they have to pay taxes to the municipality in addition to bribes to the police and the district chief.
The administrative head of the town takes 5,000 to 15,000 Pakistani rupees from each vehicle loaded with wood, while the municipality charges Rs3000 (1,848.01 afghanis) as tax from them, another inhabitant of the city, Tor Jan, said.
“If we deny paying the money to them, police stop our vehicles and use harsh language,” he said.
Governor Mohammad Nazeer Kharoti condemned taking money from drivers as extortion, saying he was unaware of the issue, which he said would be seriously investigated and the district chief would be brought to justice if he had really committed the crime.
The doors of the governor’s office were open to receiving complaints from all people against such issues, he said.
Deputy provincial police chief Col. Rahimullah Khan said legal action would be taken the police involved.
He asked people to identify policemen at checkpoints who were demanding money from them or confiscating their wood.
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