What is Happening in Arshty and Dattykh?
Russian sources claims that twenty Chechen mujahedeens eliminated; but KavkazCenter website denies Russian allegations and reports that in Arshty and Dattykh villages of Ingushetia near Chechnya border, Russian occupying forces killed and abducted Chechen civilians mostly schoolchildren.
According to KavkazCenter website, about 200 people, residents of Chechnya’s Achkhoi-Martan village, the vast majority of whom were schoolchildren, were went to wood through Ingushetia’s Arshty village for gathering honk (wild garlic – Allium Ursinum). The harvesting season of wild garlic now began in Chechnya, and many local residents are very poor and are forced to gather wild garlic to sell it at local markets and to survive with this simple business. But Russian military forces surrounded wild garlic gatherers in woodlands and have arranged a day long miniconcentration camp with tortures and interrogations of teenagers. During these tortures and interrogations, according to preliminary data, 12 young people were killed, mostly schoolchildren. It also became known that after the killing of wild garlic gatherers, Russian army organized phoney attacks in the forest and simulated combat operations during the last 2 days.
Names of some of murdered children have been established. They are Mansur Dakhayev, 17-year-old high school student, and his brother. According to relatives of murdered the participants of wild garlic gatherers’ group Mansur Tsurayev, having seen heavily armed invaders, hesitated and did not immediately respond to the requirement to raise his hands and approach.
Schoolboy was shouting that he is not a “militant”, in response Russian occupying forces declared – “we will make militant out of you”. Then there was a fire and a high school student of grade 11 was killed on the spot.
A young man Vakhayev is mentioned among the victims.
The driver of one of the buses which was carrying wild garlic gatherers through Arshty was a resident of Achkhoi-Martan, Dukvakha Elikhanov. There is no information about his fate.
KavkazCenter website’s source reported that 4 bodies were given to residents of Achkhoi-Martan, and 8 more bodies are in the morgue, mostly students of local schools who participated in the gathering of wild garlic.
On the other hand, a policeman of puppet Chechen regime said that Russian soldiers abducted 300 civilians. Some of these hostages are family members of Kadirovskies. So the situation between the gang members of Kremlin loyalist Kadirov and the Russian army is very tense; also the residents of the Achkoy-Martan- district is really outraged.
Meanwhile, Russian side are still claiming that they have allegedly killed “14 Chechen mujahedeens”. The invaders insisted that there was a fierce fighting with the Mujahideen detachment of 20-30 fighters taking on last Thursday and Friday in the area Arshty and Dattykh villages.
We would like to remind thereupon that a representative of the Chechen mujahideens of the Sunzha Sector had a telephone talk with a source of the KavkazCenter before the events started to unroll. According to the source, at the time of telephone contact there were no threats and any worsening situation in the zone of responsibility of the Mujahideen were reported.
As a note, Russian newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomelets” also confirmed the killing of civilian population in Arshty and Dattaykh.