Seventeen Interior officers injured during unrest in Zhanaozen
Kazakhstan, Astana, Dec 30 /Trend K.Konirova/
Seventeen officers of the Interior were injured, one of them gravely, while suppressing the recent unrest in Zhanaozen. A hospital spokesman said the officer's condition was grave, the Kazakh Interior Ministry press office said.
'A total of 35 police officers received medical help with a variety of injuries during Dec 6 to Dec 8', an agency press release stated.
A public investigative commission comprising Zhanaozen residents, public representatives and the deputy prosecutor of the region was established and has already inspected offices and other facilities of the city Interior Department, due to inaccurate rumours about a large number of victims being tortured and unlawful behaviour of police officers.
'Commission members also visited the detention centre and a special area that contains suspected criminals and administrative detainees. They visited all the rooms, as well as the adjacent area of the police departments', the press release noted.
Personal interviews of commission members with detainees was also organised during the visit
'There wasn't any complaint or allegation of torture, beatings or other illegal police action. In addition, the commission visited the city's central hospital and met with victims. Then they visited the city morgue where the rooms were inspected to identify unregistered bodies and a protocol about it was drawn', stressed the report.
At present, the operational situation in the city Zhanaozen, as well as in the whole region is stable and under the control of law enforcement. Earlier, in accordance with the Decree of the President, an emergency was introduced in Zhanaozen, and therefore all the restrictions prescribed by law, including a curfew are in force.
A consolidated unit of officers of a number of Kazakhstan regions Internal Affairs, armed forces and the Border Guard Service has been involved to ensure public safety. These forces increased patrols at a series of checkpoints; particularly important government facilities and critical infrastructure. Operational-search and operational investigative groups have been created.