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Jalalabad road vendors torch hand-carts in protest

Jalalabad road vendors torch hand-carts in protest

Nov 24, 2018 - 20:31

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A number of venders on Saturday set on fire their hand-driven carts in protest against what they said their mistreatment at the hands of municipality officials in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

The protesting vendors also blocked road near the main square, Talashi Chowk, in Jalalabad against traffic for one hour and pelted municipality officials with vegetables.

The vendors went on protest and torched their carts after police picked up and damaged some vending carts on roadsides in Jalalabad.

The protestors accused the municipality officials responsible markets of demanding bribes from them, but the concerned official said they only enforced the law and never sought money from cart owners.

One of the protesting vendors, Ihsanullah, said the municipality had informed them to remove their carts, but they had been shown no other place where they could stand.

He said on Saturday morning municipality officials came in loaders and vehicles and started throwing their carts into vehicles, but the vendors resisted and torched their carts on the spot.

Another vendor, Navid, alleged their carts were destroyed after they refused to pay bribe money to the municipality market in-charge, Obaid Agha.

But Obaid Aghan rejected the allegation of demanding bribe from the hand-cart owners and said no one had been asked for money. He said he was only enforcing the law.

About damaging hand cards against the law as claimed by the vendors, Agha said: “The law has given me the authority to even demolish illegally built buildings, introduce violators to the attorney.”

However, civil societyinfo-icon activists accused the Jalalabad municipality of subjecting the poor vendors to step-motherly treatment.



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