Protestors block road to 6 districts in Takhar
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Dozens of people on Wednesday protested against the detention of an uprising leader by police in northern Takhar province and blocked the road connecting six districts with the provincial capital.
The protest rally emerged in the morning in Kukchi Pul area and blocked roads connecting Dasht Kala, Khwaja Bahauddin, Rustaq, Chah Ab, Darqad and Yangi Kala districts with Taluqan.
The protestors asked local officials to release the detained uprising leader, Jalal, who was detained by police few days go. They also asked the government to find and arrest the killers of another uprising leader, Mullah Musa, who led a 35- member anti-Taliban militia in the area until killed in a magnetic bomb blast about a month ago.
Shahbaz, son of Musa, who organised the protest, told Pajhwok Afghan News they would not reopen the road until the killers of his father were detained. He said police had detained Jalal illegally, asking the government release him.
Takhar police chief Brig. Gen. Noor Mohammad Hakimi said Jalal had been detained in connection with drug smuggling. He said Jalal had been under police chase and was involved in many criminal activities. Hakimi said Mullah Musa had been killed by Taliban militants.
Government statistics show 400 uprising members fighting militants operate in Takhar. Some of them are engaged in personal enmities.
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