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Protestors block Darul Aman road after police action

Protestors block Darul Aman road after police action

Jul 28, 2018 - 19:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Protesting private contractors on Saturday closed the Darul Aman road in capital Kabul after police removed their tents and warned to continue their agitation until the Ministry of Interior (MoI) cleared their 7 billion afghanis outstanding dues.

The protestors said around 200 construction companies had executed a total of 315 projects belonging to the MoI between 2014 and 2016, but the ministry was yet to clear their 7 billion afghanis bills.

Two days back, a number of contractors wearing shrouds threatened to commit self immolation if in front of the MoI if their money was not paid in three days.

They also erected protest tents in the area and blocked the road to a number of MoI departments, however, police removed their tents on Friday night and in reaction, the protestors closed the Darul Aman road on Saturday morning.

Mohammad Daud Totakhel, talking on behalf of the protestors, told Pajhwok Afghan News that police not only collected their tents, but also beat some protestors.

Faiq, an official of Merwarid Shamal Construction Company, showed signs of police beating on his body and” “Police tore my clothes apart and hit me several times with on my back, he warned me to kill me if I raise my voice.”

The protestors said they would continue their movement and the road blockade until the Presidential Palace appointed a team to probe their case of unpaid money and last night’s police behavior.

Najib Danish, MoI spokesman, said a team had been appointed to investigate whether the tents were collected by the protestors themselves or by police.

The interior minister would meet with the protestors today and talk to them about the issue, he said.

Two days ago, Danish had said that the MoI has appointed a commission for looking into the companies’ claims regarding their seven billion afghanis dues.

Some documents referred to the ministry by these companies were being reviewed and the outstanding sums would be paid to the companies once the review was completed, he concluded.



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