Over 200 held in Parwan wanted to harvest opium: Senate panel
KABUL (Pajhwok): A fact-finding commission of the Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday said more than 200 suspects arrested in central Parwan province have confessed to traveling to the northern region of the country for harvesting the illicit poppy crop.
On May 7, Parwan officials had announced the arrest of 210 men who planned travelling to the north to prick poppies and collect the sap. But the senators slammed the local authorities for detaining whom they called poor workers.
Some of lawmakers alleged that the men, hailing from the Pashtun community, had been detained without any reason. The senators insisted the detainees had no links with militants or other criminal groups.
MalimLala Gul, a member of the fact-finding delegation and head of the Senate’s Economic Commission, said the detainees had admitted to their plans travel to the north for harvesting opium.
He said 198 of the detainees had been released while 12 others were still in police custody on charges of having links with the insurgents. Two coins of money were recovered from each of the detainees that proved they used them for opium harvest.
Meshrano Jirga Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar also said the men had been detained based on intelligence information. The arrests were aimed to thwart terrorist attacks in the north, he concluded.
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