Jayapura, Jubi – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) accused the Yahukimo Police of physically abusing two of its members, Adembo Kobak (24 years) and Yanus Giban (27 years), on 25 October.
“The two victims are members of KNPB Yahukimo Region. Currently they are hospitalized at the Emergency Room, Yahukimo Public Hospital under the Police’s guard,” Ones Suhuniap, the Secretary General of Central KNPB said in the official release on Monday 925/10/2015).
Suhuniap said the incident occurred in Paradiso, Yahukimo at 10:20 Papua time when both asked approximately twenty people, including seven police officers, who were on cockfight gambling to stop.
“Andemo Kobak and Yanus Giban came to ask the police officers and mobile brigade personnel along with 13 residents who were cockfighting to stop because the scene is near the housing block of indigenous Papua. It would give bad influence to the people if they watched it, moreover it was Sunday,” stated Suhuniap in the release.
He further said instead of negotiating or leaving the gambling arena, the culprits (Police and Mobile Brigade personnel) yelled at and beat them. “They were severely beaten up,” said an informant from Yahukimo.
The Chairman of Yahukimo’s Regional Parliament (PRD Yahukimo), Aminus Balingga, confirmed about the incident. He told the victims are currently in critical condition and undergoing medical treatment at Yahukimo Public Hospital in Dekai. “Both are now under treatment and one of them is still in critical condition,” he said.
Yahukimo Police Chief Adjunct Police Commissionaire Ade Jaja Subagja confirmed to Jubi denying his officers were involved in that incident but the Mobile Brigade personnel. He did it after being attacked by residents at first. “Not Police officers, but Mobile Brigade personnel. Drunken residents who brought the log and bayonet triggered it. The Yahukimo Police has tackled this case. The situation is now safe and secured,” the Yahukimo Police Chief texted to Jubi on Monday (26/10/2015). (Mawel Benny/rom)