The number of suspected perpetrators of the case of destruction and burning of facilities and vehicles in PT Freeport Indonesia area in Timika, Saturday (8/19/2017) now is growing to eight people.
Papua Regional Police Chief Inspector General of Police Boy Rafli Amar in Timika, Tuesday (8/22), said his staff continued to develop examination and investigation against the case of riots that occurred at Check Point 28 Timika, Gorong-gorong Terminal and PT Petrosea’s office complex on Jalan Cenderawasih, Timika.
“It is possible that the number of suspects will continue to grow as we continue to develop examination,” Boy said.
Those eight suspects, he said, were all involved in the case of the destruction and burning of facilities and vehicles owned by PT Freeport, PT Redpath and private vehicles owned by employees who were currently working.
The actors who mobilized the masses performing the act of destruction and burning until now are still continued to be investigated by the police.
“We continue to ask for information from various parties,” said Boy.
The former Head of Police Public Relations Division has identified the protest that led to anarchist action by mass of former Freeport employees and its subcontractors on Saturday (8/19) afternoon until night was carefully planned.
The police chief also dismissed the notion that officials were unaware when a mob stormed into a security checkpoint at Check Point 28, next to Mozes Kilangin Airport of Timika at the time of the incident.
“At that time there were only a few security officers and our members who were vigil at Check Point Miles 28. But the mobs coming were so large that they were not able to face them,” police chief explained.