Sangin police chief among 30 held over alleged Taliban link
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The acting police chief for Sangin district of southern Helmand province was among 30 policemen detained by Afghan military personnel over alleged cooperation with the Taliban, an official said on Sunday.
Helmand police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang told a press conference here that the Afghan National Army personnel and American forces detained Sangin acting police chief Mohammad Nabi along with 29 other policemen two days ago for allegedly cooperating with the Taliban.
He said there had been a clash between the two sides, leaving one policeman dead. He said the detainees had been disarmed and currently held at the 215 Maiwand military corps headquarters.
“According to my information, there is no big problem and there has been some misunderstanding, the district police chief and the other policemen will be released soon.”
Sarjang said foreign forces did not take part in arresting and disarming the police, something only done by the ANA personnel.
He said more policemen had been sent to the district to control the security situation there.
On the other hand, a reliable source in the 215 Maiwand Military Corps told Pajhwok Afghan News that the detained policemen had been cooperating with militants in area of military equipment.
He said the detained persons were currently being questioned. “As the situation in Sangin is sensitive, it is suspected the district police chief and his like-minded may retreat from the district centre, the police headquarters and the remaining areas (under government control) in favour of the Taliban.”
However, the source said investigation in this regard was underway.
Sangin district administrative head Shamsullah Sehrai told Pajhwok Afghan News that the district acting police chief had imprisoned and severely punished two local policemen at the behest of Taliban.
He said the two local policemen had been a major hurdle to Taliban whose problem resolved with their detention.
He said Mohammad Nabi had been accused of links with the Taliban before his appointment as the district police chief.
The situation in Sangin has been worse over the past six months and sometimes clashes between security forces and militants occur.
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