Jayapura, 6/7 (Jubi) – Demi Kepno (28), who died in a shooting incident at Youteva traditional market, was buried at Tanah Hitam public cemetery on Saturday (5/7).
Yalimo Regent ER Dabi was present at the funeral to give his last respects.
One of victim’s relatives, Rev. Tera Kepno, said Kepno’s killing was inhumane. Kepno was kidnapped and taken by car to the Yanmor police station by unidentified person on Wednesday, (2/7) at around 21:00 Papua time.
“We believe that he was tortured before being shot in the stomach, which caused his death. Then they took his body to the Bhayangkara Hospital,” Rev. Kepno said.
He added on Friday (4/7), he was informed his nephew was in the hospital and he checked for confirmation. It was true his nephew was in the hospital but he was already dead.
Related to this incident, Yalimo intellectual Yenius Yare said the civilians in Papua are victims of the anger of some police officers. He was read the Cenderawasih Pos published on Friday (4/7) that reported an allegedly suspect of the murder of police has been questioned and arrested by the police, but because he was fought, the police had to shot him.
“We ask the police to immediately be responsible and do a thorough investigation to resolve this case. We also deny the involvement of our brother in the incident at the Youteva traditional market because he was at home when the incident has been occurred,” Yare further said.
Therefore he asked the Papua Police Chief and the police to thoroughly investigate the mysterious death. Furthermore, he also asked the policy makers to address some cases that lately happened in Jayapura City. (Jubi/Aprila/rom)