Jayapura, Jubi – Regional Commander XVII/Cenderawasih Major General George Elnadus supit apologize to the victim’s family related to the incidents or a brawl between two groups of fishermen in the port of archipelago Pomako, Mimika, Papua, on Wednesday (August 9).
“Myself and on behalf of the TNI institution, especially Kodam XVII/Cenderawasih, I apologize to the whole community especially to the family of Pomako incident at the commotion between groups of fishermen who died,” he said in Timika, Mimika Regency, Papua on Saturday.
According to him, Kodam XVII / Cenderawasih has formed a team of investigation to investigate and proceed to legal process against TNI soldiers suspected as perpetrators.
“Instead I’d like to extend my appeal to entire community that our country is based on rule of law, let us put forward the positive law in any settlement of affairs in society, so that any friction that occurs should be resolved by consensus in accordance with Indonesia identity in the spirit of mutual cooperation based on Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (unity in diversity) in the framework of NKRI,” he said.
Furthermore, the Cenderawasih Commander reminded the people not to be quickly provoked by issues deliberately stimulated by stalled groups that could lead to the disintegration of the nation.
“Let’s put aside our differences and develop the spirit of unity, living side by side in a peaceful and familial atmosphere regardless of ethnic, religious, racial and intergroup differences,” he said.
In addition to an apology forthwith, Cenderawasih military commander had also ordered Korem 174/ATW Brigadier General Asep Setia Gunawan to visit the residence of the late Theodore Cakakem in Kampung Asmat, Pomako and welcomed families and Asmat community leaders.
At that moment, Danrem 174/ATW Brigadier General Asep Setia Guunawan said that he came from Merauke to Timika to convey profound condolences to represent the institution of the army.
“We did not want the incident to happen and there were members of the TNI who were the victims of the incident,” he said.
Danrem hopes his visit to the families of victims can heartened their heart and bring cool atmosphere, as to prevent certain parties took advantage of the situation for other purposes, he said.
Meanwhile, as a result of the riots, two Armies personnel, Serka Yusuf had injured on on the head while struggling from what it said as angry fishermen, as he was forced to issue a shot. Another one, Kopda Andi fared worse than experienced by his superiors. He suffered a stab wound on his head, injured the arm and his back caused by a spear puncture.
Based on the treating doctor’s diagnosis at Timika hospital, Kopda Andi potentially would bear lifelong disability as a result of stab wounds on his back had damaged some specific nerves. Until now he could not move his legs.
For further treatment, Kopda Andi has been evacuated to Surabaya to get more adequate treatment on Friday last week.(*)
Editor: Zely Ariane