Indonesia Intelligence Agency locates 133 fires in C. Kalimantan

Indonesia Intelligence Agency locates 133 fires in C. Kalimantan

Aerial photo of forest in Borneo. (ANTARA/Puspa Perwitasari)

They are still to be prove this legally and to confirm if they have violated laws or not."
Palangka Raya (ANTARA News) - The Indonesia State Intelligence Agency (BIN) has located 133 fires in plantation areas in Central Kalimantan.

The Chief of BINs regional office, Hadi Purnawan, said after a meeting to set up a task force to deal with the haze problem in the region on Tuesday that fires had spread in 29 plantation areas and that this data had been submitted to the Panju Panjang military resort.

"Of the 29 companies, 10 are still seeking their business rights, while 19 others have obtained them," he added.

He said although fires were spotted in the plantation areas he could not confirm if the fires were caused by deliberate action or other causes.

"They are still to be prove this legally and to confirm if they have violated laws or not," he said.

The Chief of the Central Kalimantan regional police command, Brigadier General Fakhrizal, said the police would take firm action against anyone found guilty of lighting fires.

He said he had instructed the commands chief of special crime investigation to monitor closely the developments on seven companies that have been sealed by the environment and Forestry Ministry.

"We will be indiscriminate. Everyone is equal before the law. We will take action against those that have burnt land or forests, be they individuals or companies," he said.

During the meeting, Colonel Purwo Sudaryanto, was named as Chief of the task force.

(Reporting by Jaya Wirawan Manurung/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/A014)

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