Dagestanis protest at pro-Russian Chechens’ operations in border district

DAGESTAN, 24 April, Caucasus Times – Local residents staged a rally in the town of Khasavyurt yesterday in protest over the actions of Kadyrovites [pro-Russian Chechens] who conducted a special operation in the village of Toturbiy-Kala of Dagestan’s Khasavyurtovskiy District to arrest a local resident on 20 April. A Chechen police officer was killed in the special operation.

The forces of the Khasavyurtovskiy District internal affairs department were brought into the village to ease the situation. Dagestani Interior Minister Adilgerey Magomedtagirov visited the village later on and managed to ease the tensions.

The Nozhay-Yurtovskiy District internal affairs department of the Chechen Republic carried out another special operation in the village of Solnechnoye in Khasavyurtovskiy District on the same day. A policeman was killed as he attempted to detain three gunmen hiding in the house of a
local resident. The gunmen managed to escape.

The first deputy prime minister of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, made a statement on 21 April accusing Dagestan’s law-enforcement bodies of failing the special operation. He said the Dagestani policemen pander to militants.

The press service of the Dagestani Interior Ministry refused to give information about the incident and comment on Kadyrov’s statement.

Rashid Kaplanov, Mahachkala, Caucasus Times

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