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1 killed as protestors clash with police in Baghlan

1 killed as protestors clash with police in Baghlan

Jan 02, 2017 - 18:25

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): One person was killed and another wounded on Sunday evening when protesting residents clashed with police in northern Baghlan province.

The residents of Baraka district were protesting against the district police chief. One civilian was killed and another injured after the demonstration turned violent.

The protestors had gathered in Sharshar locality of the district, accusing the police chief of incompetency and asking local and central governments to address their complaint.

Rahmatullah, one of the protestors, said: “We are fed up with irresponsible behavior, incompetency and harassment by police especially the police chief. We carried out a protest rally on Sunday evening as our civic right but police opened fire at us.”

He said one of the protestors was killed and another was injured in the police fire.

He asked the provincial police chief to address their issue and arrest those responsible for opening fire at the protestors, otherwise they would continue their protest.

Noorshah, a resident of Baraka district, said: “A peaceful protest is the right of all citizens. Today we held the protest to raise our voice against dereliction of duty by the district police chief but police instead of providing us security, opened fire at us, killing one and wounding another.” He hoped government authorities would investigate the incident.

“This police action shows the government doesn’t have the authority to enforce law. Anyone who gets to a position subjects poor people to violence. If our voice is responded, we would extend our protests to provincial capital.”

However, provincial police spokesman Zabihullah Shuja said statistics officials a day earlier launched a census survey in the district, but local people opposed it.

Police were then dispatched to a village of the district to keep security of the census officials, sparking a protest demonstration by local residents.

The people clashed with police for at least two hours, however no one suffered casualties, he concluded.


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