Papua deputy governor seeks resumption in public services in Beoga

Papua Deputy Governor Klemen Tinal requested security personnel to restore law and order in Beoga Sub-district, Puncak District, to enable the local administration to restart its public services.

“The education, health, and administrative services must resume immediately,” Tinal noted in a statement circulated on the Papua provincial government’s official website that ANTARA quoted here, Saturday.

Tinal also urged local residents to facilitate the authorities’ endeavors to resume public services in communities following the fatal shootings of two teachers that had forced several non-native Papuans to flee their homes.

Currently, a joint team of personnel from the Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) and the Nemangkawi Task Force have brought under control the security situation in Beoga Sub-district. Papua Province has borne witness to a string of violent attacks by notorious armed Papuan criminals targeting civilians and security personnel in the past two years.

On April 8, 2021, several armed Papuan criminals opened fire at a kiosk in Julukoma Village, Beoga Sub-district, at about 9:30 a.m. local time.

The shooting incident resulted in the death of a Beoga public elementary school teacher, Oktovianus Rayo.

After killing Rayo, the armed attackers continued their acts of terror by torching three classrooms of the Beoga public senior high school.

On Friday (April 9), the armed Papuan criminals again assaulted another teacher, Yonatan Randen. This junior high school teacher was shot on his chest.

Several villagers attempted to save Randen’s life by moving him to the Beoga public health center, but he died.

On Sunday evening (April 11), the armed criminals set ablaze nine classrooms of the Beoga public junior high school.

Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mathius D. Fakhiri has vowed to trace and crack down on the killers of these two teachers.

“The TNI (Indonesian military) and police personnel will never retreat even a single step in enforcing the law against the killers,” Fakhiri stated in Timika on Tuesday.

Fakhiri emphasized that the law enforcement units will work persistently to trace and crack down on the killers of the two teachers.



Source: Antara News

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