Chechen residents report mass detention of their relatives by police without explanation
According to them, the people detained are tortured.
Local residents of Borozdinovskaya village, the Shchelkovsky district of Chechnya, requested the support of journalists after six men were detained without explanation. As reported by Kavkazsky Uzel, fellow villagers and relatives still do not know on what grounds they were taken to the police; they are not allowed to see the detainees.
According to the locals, the detention took place on July 12. At about 11 o'clock in the evening, the policemen took away a village local, a Dagestani named Kurban, in an unknown direction. After that, five more people were detained.
The relatives figured out that five men were taken to the police department in the Shchelkovsky district; another man was taken to the department of Gudermes. In addition, in an interview with the local publication Novoe Delo, family members of the detainees told that some of the persons detained contacted them, saying that they did not know of what they were suspected and that they were being tortured.
In this connection, Kavkazsky Uzel journalists have contacted a representative of the Republic’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, who told that all detentions in the republic happen for a reason. “If the detainees are guilty, they will be imprisoned, and if not, they will be released,” the publication’s interlocutor said.