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Indonesia police urged to take action against owners of illegal weapons
Publication Date : 01-09-2013
Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) chairman Neta S.Pane is calling on the government and the Indonesian Police to take tough action against the owners of illegal weapons as shooting cases continue to rise.
Neta said the police were powerless to prevent and apprehend the perpetrators of increasing mysterious shooting attacks in the country.
He said during the last 45 days, 20 cases of mysterious shooting attacks had occurred. “The police have so far managed to arrest only one perpetrator, who was allegedly involved in a shooting attack in Boyolali regency, Central Java,” said Neta on Sunday as quoted by Antara news agency.
The IPW recorded that there were widespread incidents of mysterious shooting attacks, from Aceh to Papua.
Ten out of 20 cases in total took place within the Jakarta police’s jurisdiction. The targets included 10 cars, three Trans Jakarta bus stops and a police officer’s house. Several police officers were shot during the incidents during which one military personnel also became a victim.
“Three suffered injuries and five were killed, three of which were police officers,” said Neta.
The government’s permissiveness on firearm possessions among civilians and the absence of a policy to totally ban civilian gun possession are among factors that led to the ongoing phenomenon of extrajudicial shootings.
The government’s policy to apply non-tax state income to civilians possessing guns has aggravated the problem.
“More civilians are possessing firearms. As the result, gun trafficking into Indonesia continues to increase and at the same time, more and more people are producing home-made firearms,” said Neta.
*with reports from Antara