Jayapura, Jubi – Following the escape of thirteen prisoners from Abepura Prison on 8 January, the joint Police and Military forces deployed in hunting and chasing the prisoners moved restrict their space by closing at least thirty-one byways or known as rat lines, unofficial road access to Papua New Guinea.
The Military Regional District 172/PWY Commander, Colonel Infantry Sugiyono said those byways are located in Skow border area, Jayapura Municipality and Keerom Regency. He said the security forces needs to anticipate those road accesses since criminals frequently used it to cross the land.
“We will continue to restrict surveillance along the rat lines by intensifying patrols. We have authority to close it because people who used to take these roads have no good intention, therefore we oblige to pay more attention, in particular through the nearest post towards the rat lines,” Commander Sugiyono
told reporters after the launching of 1701 Regional Military Media Center on Tuesday (12/1/2016).
He said an indication of prisoners taking the roads is very large; moreover there is close affiliation among people living in the Indonesia-PNG border area.
“Earlier the rate lines along the Indonesia – PNG border has been our attention, but the escape of thirteen prisoners lead us to improve the patrols. In assisting the Police to hunt those thirteen prisoners, Regional Military District 172/PWY deploy 1,400 soldiers of three battalions,” he said.
Papua Police Chief, Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw similarly said the Police and Military have restricted those areas since Friday evening (8/1/2016). (Arjuna Pademme/rom)