More than 30 people have been arrested and brought to police stations across the city of Grozny following an incident at the local office of the Committee Against Torture, a human rights group, Chechen Deputy Interior Minister Apti Alaudinov told Interfax.
"Over 30 people have been arrested and taken to police stations for further identification following the incident at the office. A team of investigators is working to establish the extent of responsibility of each one of them. Once this work is over, relevant steps will be taken," Alaudinov said.
At the same time he said that a rally permitted by the authorities was held in Grozny earlier on Wednesday. The Interior Ministry had received a request to provide security for the event participants. As a result of these actions, the rally relocated to the Committee Against Torture office. "Police officers took the necessary steps to prevent violence against anyone," he said.
Sufficient forces are being involved in the investigation, Alaudinov said.
At the same time one rally participant told Interfax that infiltration into the office and subsequent actions were provoked by the Committee Against Torture staff themselves who, when asked why they were not defending the interest of the relatives of Jambulat Dadayev, shouted that their duties do not include "defending a murderer."
Surprisingly, the Committee staff took on the duties of calling Dadayev a murderer, the source said.
The protestors have by now dispersed.
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