Asror Boykaroev who only 10 days ago was appointed as the new khokim of the Karshi district, already managed to insult, beat and even put behind bars local farmers.
Local farmers complained to the new khokim of the Karshi district in the Kashkadarya region Asror Boykaroev. According to them, the new khokim began his work by devoting half a day to beating, abusing and arresting “lazy farmers”.
“At a meeting on Sunday in the khokimiat, he (the khokim) said that ‘even the air we breathe belongs to the president.’ The khokim ordered the police officers to arrest the farmers Kavmiddin Rasulov and Narzillo Temirov who did not fulfill his orders”, one of the local farmers told “Radio Ozodlik”.
Another farmer from the Karshi district confirmed these accusations in a conversation with “Radio Ozodlik”.
„He beats up, kicks and insults the local farmers. He is ordering the police to lock them up in a detention center without a court decision. I personally witnessed this“, said the farmer from Karshi.
In a telephone conversation with “Radio Ozodlik”, one of officials from the khokimiyat confirmed that the head of the district “had gathered farmers, to punish them for their overdue work.”
“He requests discipline, requests hard work. Perhaps that is why all the farmers do not like him. But he did not beat them. If you are not tough with them (the farmers), they will stop working. We examined their land, the entire fields were overgrown with grass, what else can be done to encourage them to fulfill the order?”, said the official from the Karshi district khokimiyat.
“Radio Ozodlik” tried to contact the very Karshi district khokim by phone to get a comment from him, but a person who introduced himself as the khokim’s assistant, said to “Radio Ozodlik” that Asror Boykaroev was not at his workplace.
In Uzbekistan, there are many reported cases where khokims have insulted and sometimes beat farmers. In most cases, the violent actions of officials remain unpunished.
On July 17, “Radio Ozodlik” reported on how the 55-year-old farmer Rauf Dustnazarov from the Furkat district in the Ferghana region had committed suicide after being publicly humiliated by the head of the district.
Source: “Новый хоким начал работу рукоприкладства”, http://rus.ozodlik.org/content/article/27816922.html, 24.06.2016