Scenario Deliberately Created for Increasing Brimob Troops, Kadepa Says

Councilor Laurens Kadepa - Jubi
Councilor Laurens Kadepa – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The chairman of the Special Committee on Human Rights said he suspected secret attempts by Papua police chief Inspector General Yotje Mende to deploy a platoon of Brimob police in Paniai and Puncak Jaya.

Laurenzus Kadepa said an atmosphere of insecurity and instability was being deliberately created so that reinforcements could be sent and warned that the presence of more security personnel could create fear in society.
“I read, police chief sent a platoon of Brimob to Paniai and Mulia, Puncak Jaya. What is this for? What is the problem? I think this is strange,” Kadepa told Jubi by telephone last week.

He questioned the decision to send security personnel to Enarotali, Paniai following rumors that two soldiers were taken hostage. The rumor proved untrue.

“It is nonsense if police were sent because of the hostage issue. I ask police chief to immediately pull back Brimob troops. Please don’t make the people of Papua miserable again, “he said.

Papua Police Chief Inspector General (Pol) Yotje Mende said it has sent Brimob troops to Mulia, Puncak Jaya and Enarotali. Panian as demand of the two chiefs in the regions.

“Puncak Jaya police chief and Paniai police chief requested additional personnel after the shooting case of armed groups in both regions,” Police Chief Mende added. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)