Merauke, Jubi (11/3) – Two soldiers have been accused of wounding a Merauke resident with a knife.
The resident, Alex Pay, was slashed in the neck in the attack on Sunday, 10 March 2014 around midnight.
The victim told police that the commander of the suspected soldier called him to distribute sand even though local authorities have banned sand mining.
After finishing his job, those two soldiers called and asked him to buy two bottles of alcohol drink. He obeyed and drank with them. Then the two soldiers asked for a lift in his car to return to their homes in Kelapa Lima.
When they got to Cikombong Street, one of the soldiers, who has not been identified, asked him for money. Pay said the money belonged to their commander, and suddenly a soldier grabbed his bag, pulled his hair and hit him while the other cut his neck using a knife. In panic, he jumped from the car and ran away.
Separately, Merauke Military Commander Lieutenant Infantry Dedy Hartono told totabloidjubi.com on Tuesday (11/3) that his office has contacted the commander of the former and on-duty Military Task Force but has no result. The Task Force commander on duty is ready to be reconciled.
“We are still conducting a further investigation. If it’s proved, we will conduct a legal process and that soldier will be returned to his unit,” the commander said. (Jubi/Frans L Kobun/rom)