2 powerful land grabbers detained in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Two powerful individuals involved in land-grabbing have been detained in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Wednesday.
It comes after President Ashraf Ghani during a visit to Nangarhar province on Jan 10 ordered local police officials to provide a list of land grabbers as soon as possible.
The president had said if the provincial police chief could not stop land grab incidents, he had to be transferred.
Nangarhar police chief Col. Fazl Ahmad Shirzad told Pajhwok Afghan News that after the president’s order, they had started arresting land grabbers and had detained Haji Ghulam Faroq, accused of usurping and then selling 25 hectares of the canal project land.
Faroq would be introduced to the attorney’s office for investigation, the police chief said, adding that a Malak (local elder) in Behsud district of Nangarhar had also been arrested for usurping 35 acres of land. But Shirzad did not name him.
However, Faroq had previously told reporters he had purchased the 25 hectares of land from the government for 90 years under a contract.
He had said the land would be returned to the government after the contract was expired.
But local officials said the contract had been cancelled by former president Hamid Karzai.
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