ALP personnel restrict movement of Balkhab residents
SAR-I-PUL CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of northern Sar-I-Pul province complained of misbehavior by Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel, accusing the force of restricting people movement in Balkhab district.
Mohammad Hussain, a resident of Tarkhuj area of the district told Pajhwok Afghan News ALP members from Sancharak district did not allow residents of Balkhab to use a road in Masjid Sabz village.
He said two days ago the ALP beat passengers passing through the area. The policemen also insulted women and forced them to take off their naqab (veil), he alleged.
Another resident of the district, Haidari, also blasted the ALP for beating a number of passengers for traveling the Deh Morda road.
A provincial council member, Mohammad Ali Hakimi, claimed the Taliban did not create problems for people, but the ALP forces did.
He confirmed ALP men thrashed some people in the area and opened fire to restrict their movement. The policemen also forced women to remove their burqas.
Another provincial council member, Asadullah Khurram confirmed the ALP had blocked the road in Masjid Sabz village for traffic.However, he said there was an alternative road people could use.
A local official, who wished not to be named, said residents of Balkhab were from the Hazara tribe and were not allowed to travel the road because the Taliban were creating problem for them.
But the governor’s spokesman, Zabihullah Amani, said they were unaware of the road closure by ALP forces. He said Deh Morda area was under Taliban control and Balkhab residents should travel Zaree district roads.
The Masjid Sabz village road was also blocked by ALP in the past, but it was reopened after people and the provincial council complained.
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