Jayapura, 4/1 (Jubi/Solomon Star) – Police were forced to give five shell money to relatives of a young man who died in police custody on Wednesday following his arrest earlier that day.
This was to quell a potentially explosive situation yesterday after a large group of relatives gathered at the Guadalcanal Provincial police headquarters at Henderson to demand compensation.
Guadalcanal provincial police commander David Siosi confirmed presenting the five shell money to relatives of the young man, and added the death incident is under investigation.
Mr Diosi said yesterday’s situation was volatile and the police have to tread cautiously to resolve the matter.
A statement police issued said the young man was arrested around 1am on 1 January 2014 when they responded to a road block incident at the crossroad near Henderson airport.