Naweed Khanabadi, a commander of public uprising forces in Kunduz, was arrested by security forces after his residence in Takhar province was reportedly under siege for two days, security officials said Sunday.
Abdul Rasheed Bashir, the police chief of Takhar, said Naweed was arrested with six other individuals without any resistance at around 12:00am Saturday mid-night in Takhar.
He said that the local commander was taken to Kunduz province.
The police chief said that Naweed, also known as Naweedak, is accused of various types of crimes including “murder, armed robbery, blackmailing, land grabbing and rape”.
Naweed was in one a hospital in Taluqan city, the center of Takhar, when he was arrested by security forces.
“Naweed, known as Naweedak, was under police search and he escaped to Takhar. He was arrested at around 12:00am Saturday mind-night along with his six bodyguards as a result of a joint effort by Takhar and Kunduz police force members,” said Bashir.
“Naweed was an irresponsible armed commander in Khanabad district in Kunduz and he was under police search for a long time,” said Abdul Baqi Nuristani Kunduz police chief. “He (Naweed) was accused for several cases. Two days back, he took a wounded friend to Taluqan city of Takhar and he was under police siege during this time. He was arrested in a 15-minutes operation without any casualties.”
Meanwhile, some Kunduz residents stressed the need for investigation of allegations against the local commander.
“As you are aware, government has started arresting irresponsible armed commanders… People welcome the move but if people like these commanders, they should operate within the structure of the Afghan government,” said Fawadullah, a Kunduz resident.
“Illegal armed forces should be arrested by government. People will support this move,” said Hakim Hassas, a Kunduz resident.
Shortly after he was arrested, commander Naweed, said he is “not guilty” and that he has committed no crime.
“I was a commander in Khanabad district of Kunduz for 16 years and day and night I was in the service of the people and there was no bullying and blackmailing and people were happy with me,” Naweed said.
Addressing a press conference in Kabul, President Ghani’s deputy spokesman Shahussain Murtazawi said “illegal armed commanders should be arrested and that they should operate within the structure of the security forces if they are willing to serve their country”.