Arso Residents Request Attention of Local Government


Jayapura, Jubi/Antara – As many as 122 residents displaced by a conflict in the early September 2014 in Sanggaria Village, Arso I of Keerom Regency demanded the attention of the local government.

“We want the Keerom Local Government to rebuild 20 houses that were burned in the dispute by a group called ‘Barisan Nusantara’ a few hours after the murder,” Theo Asso who claimed as chief of Sixteen Papua Central Highland residents of Keerom Regency in Jayapura City on Friday (13/2/2015).

Hundreds of residents were temporarily displaced and stayed in the emergency shelter at the yard of Keerom Vocational Training Agency Office. A dispute was triggered by a murder of a woman by Darius Gombo. A young man who later identified as insane.

Asso claimed hundreds of residents were the victims of crime of an insane man that caused dozens of houses becoming a target of revenge by a group of community. “We also want those culprits get arrested and processed before the Law,” he said.

Related to the murder, he also said the Police and Military have responded. “The Papua Police Deputy Chief Brigadier General Paulus Waterpauw promised to solve the problem including to encourage the local government to rebuild dozens of burning houses,” he said.


For that reason, Asso revealed the purpose of his visit to Jayapura City was to meet with the Papua Police Chief Inspector General Yotje Mende to discuss about the current situation in Arso I. Currently the residents are not comfort with the presence of Barisan Nusantara because they are considered not being friendly. “Our people have provided fifty million rupiahs to the murder victim’s family as compensation to maintain the existing relationship and brotherhood among us from anyone who want a dispute in Arso I,” he said.

Meanwhile when confirmed about the incident, the Papua Police Chief Inspector Police Yotje Mende said he has gave order to the Keerom Police Chief to pay attention on security and safety in Arso I to avoid another incidents.
‘We will meet the local government to make coordination about its solution (rebuild the burning houses), to accommodate their aspiration,” he said. (*/rom)

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