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Police face hunger in Uruzgan’s Charchino district

Police face hunger in Uruzgan’s Charchino district

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Dec 04, 2018 - 19:04

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Dozens of policemen stationed in Charchino district of central Uruzgan province have been struggling with shortage of food since a month.

The Talibaninfo-icon have been in control of roads in all districts leading to Tirinkot, the provincial capital over the past two years and Afghan forces in districts are supplied food and logistics through air.

However, policemen in Charchino district say they have not received food since the last one month and as a result they face starvation.

Toor Jan, one of the policemen in the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News that food supply to them had not taken place since a month and they faced serious problems with each passing day.

He said there were more than 90 police in the district and they faced hunger as all their food in their reservoirs had finished.

Mohammad Esa, another policeman, said besides food items they also did not receive ammunition since the last one month.

“If security forces do not receive food and ammunition on time, they will be forced to abandon their jobs or surrender to the Taliban”, he added.

On the other hand, some police complained their colleagues wounded in conflicts were not shifted to hospitals on time.

Two policemen, who were injured during a fight with the Taliban in Gezab district two days ago, remained in the district without receiving any treatment, they said.

Mirajan, father of a policeman in Uruzgan said his son was wounded during a clash eight days ago but he could not be taken to a healthcare center.

He said all roads connecting districts with the provincial capital had been closed by the Taliban and the central government did not send helicopters to transfer wounded personnel from the battlefield.

Local security officials also confirmed hunger and other problems security forces faced, but refused to give an official comment.

Uruzgan deputy governor, Attaullah Fazli, said all roads from Tirinkot to districts had been shut by Taliban since years and security forces in districts were delivered supplies by helicopters.

He said that Afghan forces in remote areas faced some problems but they had shared these problems with relevant officials.

However, he said there were only two helicopters on the zonal level, a reason they could not supply ammunition and other items on time to the forces.

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