Gov’t Delegation Arrives in Maidan Wardak to Probe Behsud Protest
The National Security Council (NSC) has announced that a governmentx delegation today arrived in Maidan Wardak province to investigate the incident in Hese Awal Behsud district.
Afghan voice agency (AVA)_NSC in a statement on Sunday called the Behsud incident as a “clash between security forces and the uprising forces” that has killed and injured a number of citizens.
Residents blamed the incident on police shootings on people.
According to the statement, the deputy head of the National Security Council, will lead the delegation. The delegation includes the Deputy Director of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance, the Deputy Director of National Directorate of Security, a member of the #Maidan_Wardak Provincial Council, the Presidential Asviser for Public Affairs and the influential figures of Maidan Wardak province.
The #National_Security_Council has said that the purpose of the delegation’s visit is to further investigate the case and to provide urgent attention to the injured and killed in the incident.
NSC said a number of citizens had been “killed and wounded” in clashes between security forces and the uprising forces.
The statement emphasized that the delegation has been instructed to thoroughly and comprehensively investigate the incident and to take the necessary measures in the light of the applicable law of the country.
A number of members of the House of Representatives and the people say that a protest rally by residents of Hesa-e-Awal Behsud district of Maidan Wardak has been targeted by police, but the Interior Ministry says that a gathering under the name of protest turned violent by “irresponsible gunmen” belonging to Abdul Ghani Ali Poor.
Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said Ali Poor’s “irresponsible gunmen” had opened fire on people and police.
More than 10 people were reportedly killed and about 20 others were injured on Friday’s shootings, including children and the elderly.
A number of locals, numbering more than 100, are being held by police that the people claim security forces have taken them hostage.
The protest was said to be against the widespread presence of security forces, including Allah Dad Fadai, the police chief of Maidan Wardak province.
He has been reportedly present in Behsud districts for several days with a significant number of security forces, and his aim is said to introduce the new police commanders of these districts and strengthen the police checkpoints.