So far 19 land grabbers arrested in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Nineteen persons accused of illegally occupying government land have been arrested by police over the past few days in the eastern province of Nangarhar and their cases referred to the attorney’s office, an official said on Monday.
Police have started arresting individuals who seized swaths of land belonging to the Nangarhar Valley Development Authority (NVDA) in compliance with a presidential order, Nangarhar police chief Maj. Gen. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“We have so far arrested 19 small and large scale land grabbers including Haji Farooq who has changed the shape of the government land,” he said, adding they would continue the crackdown.
While talking about Gul Murad, he said “we referred the partner of Haji Farooq to the prosecutor’s office, but he was immediately released on bail due to a lack of evidence against him.”
A total 25 hectares of land has been given on lease to Haji Farooq and Haji Gul Murad for 90 years, but local officials and provincial council members say the lease contract had already been invalidated by former president Hamid Karzai.
The head of the provincial council, Ahmad Ali Hazrat, confirmed the arrests of land grabbers and hoped police would continue to arrest such people.
“The president has strictly ordered the police chief to arrest land grabbers, so he has to do that,” he said.
“Land grab is a big problem in Nangarhar. We hope the government would apply the law equal to all encroachers. The involved individuals should be dragged to the court,” head of Positive Change Association in the province, Abdul Basir Sabawoon, said.
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