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‘Several’ police injured in Kandahar jail scuffle

‘Several’ police injured in Kandahar jail scuffle

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Apr 26, 2020 - 20:36

KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Several policemen were injured during a physical clash with hunger striking prisoners inside the central jail in southern Kandahar province on Sunday.

A number of prisoners at the jail in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, have been on hunger strike for the last three days to press for their demands.

Police clashed with the prisoners on the day three of their hunger strike on Sunday. However, the clash and the strike came to an end with mediation of lawmaker Syed Ahmad Selab.

Selab told Pajhwok Afghan News that several prisoners had sewn their lips together in protest over non-implementation of the president’s pardon decrees.

He said today police entered the prisoners’ block for a search which resulted in a clash between the two sides. He said several policemen were injured in the exchange of fists and kicks.

The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member from Kandahar said as he was informed of the matter, he visited the jail along with justice and judicial officials.

He said the hunger strike was ended with their mediation. The lawmaker did not say how people were injured in the clash, but said some policemen were critically injured and the inmates involved would be punished for that.

He said the demands of the prisoners were right as they claimed presidential decrees were implemented differently in Kabulinfo-icon from Kandahar.

“The inmates who are entitled to be released under presidential decrees are asked to submit 30000 afghanis as surety but police demand extra 30,000 and 20,000 in bribe.”

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