Hundreds rally against Garamsir police chief
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people from Garamsir district of southern Helmand province on Sunday staged a protest demonstration in the provincial capital, calling for the district police chief to be removed.
They were chanting slogans against the district police chief and asked the government to remove him forthwith.
A tribal elder and participant of the rally, Zher Gul Faqirzada, told Pajhwok Afghan News the district police chief had connections with drug smugglers and as a result, security problems in the town had increased.
“We want a police commander who respects the law and who can bring peace. We have no personal grudge against the district police chief, but in his presence the district has become insecure,” the elder said.
Another protestor, Wali Jan, held similar views and said the district police chief had been appointed based on his connections.
The Garamsir district police chief is brother of a Meshrano Jirga or Senate member from Helmand Mohammad Hashim Alokozai.
Wali Jan said: “The police chief has been pocketing salaries of local police personnel. Drug smuggling and production has increased under him.”
Similar views were expressed by other protestors who had erected a tent in front of the governor’s house in Lashkargah. They said they would not remove the tent until their demand was met.
But Garamsir police chief Maj. Timor Shah Nazari told Pajhwok Afghan News some individuals who wanted to promote their own interest had carried out the rally against him.
“The rally is being carried out to serve the interest of a few persons. There is no one from the Garamsir population in the demonstration. Whatever decision the authorities take about me, I am ready to accept.”
The district police chief alleged the rally against him was being carried out at the behest of Taliban who wanted to bring the town under their control.
But Helmand police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang said he heard problems of the protestors and would investigate their claims.
He said a solution to the problem would be found in consultation with provincial officials.
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