Imparsial hopes for arrest of police shooters in Papua

Imparsial hopes for arrest of police shooters in Papua

Poengky Indarti. (ANTARA/Fanny Octavianus)

Security matters are not merely responsibility of the police but also of district heads and governor."
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Human Rights Monitor (Imparsial) has expressed hope that the armed group, whose attack led to the death of two policemen in Lanny Jaya District, Papua, on Monday, would be arrested soon.

"We deplore the repetition of a shooting incident that has killed two police personnel in Lanny Jaya. We hope the police will soon arrest the shooters and take them to the court," Executive Director of Imparsial for Jakarta Poengky Indarti said in an electronic message to ANTARA News on Wednesday.

Indarti expressed hope that the same incident would not happen again. "It should not happen, otherwise civilians and apparatuses will fall victims," she said.

Regional leaders must help police apparatuses for negotiations and create calmness for the public, Indarti remarked.

"Security matters are not merely responsibility of the police but also of district heads and governor," she added.

The Papua Regional Police is expected to sharpen its intelligence capacity to carry out early detection in the future, the Imparsial executive director stated.

"The Papua Regional Police must coordinate well with intelligence officials in the fields," she stressed.

Two police officers died while two others were wounded and another one still unaccounted for following a shootout with an unknown armed group in the district of Lanny Jaya, Papua, at 12.45 local time on Monday.

The two dead officers were Second Brigadier Zulkifli and Second Brigadier Prayoga, while the wounded officers were Second Brigadier Alex Numbery and First Brigadier Helsky Bonyadone.

The spokesman of the Papua Police Command, Senior Commissioner Pubjo, had confirmed the incident to Antara on Monday evening, saying that the incident had occurred while the officers were visiting villagers in a community counseling program.

They were attacked while conducting the activity, he said.

In the meantime, five police officers who were shot by unidentified gunmen in Indawa Village, Lanny Jaya District of Papua, on Monday (July 28), are currently undergoing intensive medical treatment at the National Polices Hospital in Jayapura.

The Jayapura National Police Hospitals spokesperson Senior Police Commissary Dr Raymond has confirmed the news of the shootout. One personnel is in a critical condition and is being treated at the National Polices Hospital in Jayapura.

"We are still observing and monitoring the current condition of First Brig. (Briptu) Helsky Bonyadone, as the bullet is lodged in his organ," Raymond stated here on Wednesday.

Four police officers who were on duty at the Lanny Jaya police station were also hospitalized but are expected to be released from the hospital in a day or two and will undergo outpatient treatment.

The gunshot wounds suffered by the four police personnel were not as serious as that by Brigadier Helsky, so they can be allowed to go home, noted Raymond.

The shooting incident took place in the Lanny Jaya police station on Monday (July 28) and was conducted by a group of seven unidentified gunmen, which led to the death of two police officers on the spot.

Officer Zulkifli was laid to rest on Tuesday (July 29) at the Waena Kusuma Bangsa National Heroes Cemetery, Jayapura, while Officer Prayoga was buried on Wednesday (July 30) in his hometown in Semarang, Central Java.