Charkh district chief arrested over ‘selling’ ghee aid
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): A district chief and four others have been arrested by intelligence officials over allegedly selling ghee meant for distribution among flood-affected families in central Logar province, an official said on Monday.
The governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Emergency Committee had provided 4,200kg of ghee for floods-affected families in the Charkh district.
The town’s administrative head, Khalilullah Kamal, one of his guards, two drivers and a shopkeeper, accused of selling the ghee, were detained on Saturday by National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel, he said.
“Interrogation from the detainees shows the district chief is involved in selling the aid, that’s why he was also arrested.”
Saleh said Kamal’s case had been officially registered and referred to the attorney’s office.
But some government officials and tribal elders of the district visited the provincial council’s office and said the five men had been mistakenly arrested.
Statistics manger of the district, Naseem Stanikzai, representing the group, said none of the detainees were involved in selling the ghee.
“The vehicle carrying the ghee was just stopped at the bazaar and no one has sold the ghee, the district chief and the four others were mistakenly arrested.”
A tribal elder of the district, Zahir Sidiqi, said the district chief was a good person and assistance in previous years had reached eligible people.
He asked the authorities concerned to release the district chief because he was innocent.
Deputy provincial council head, Mohammad Qasim, said: “These people have come here against the arrest of the district chief but when we asked (the authorities) about his arrest, his case had been officially registered.”
He said the provincial council would launch its own investigation into the arrest of the district chief.
Kamal has been the Charkh district chief for the past five years.
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