Thursday, 27 February 2020

Papua Brimob Foils Deer Smuggling in Komodo Island

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  • Komodo dragon on the Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, October 14, 2018.

    Komodo dragon on the Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara, October 14, 2018.

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A member of the Papua Police's Mobile Brigade (Brimob) who was on duty in West Nusa Tenggara revealed a group of deer and buffalo hunter operating in Komodo Island National Park, East Nusa Tenggara on Sunday, December 30.

    The National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said they managed to reveal the illegal hunting after the Papua Brimob personnel who was on duty in Bima, Second Inspector (Ipda) Suriadin, received reports from the local residents.

    “There have been loading and unloading activity of deer and buffaloes, with 100 deer and four buffaloes, which were being shot on Komodo Island,” Dedi said in a written statement, Monday, December 31.

    Suraidin came to the scene on Torowamba Beach and arrested one of the perpetrators named Nurdin. According to the police spokesperson Dedi, there were four other perpetrators but they escaped.

    Based on the information of the perpetrator, the deer and buffaloes were originating from Komodo Island. They brought it to West Nusa Tenggara before selling it.

    The perpetrators even tried to bribe Brimob's Suriadin during the arrest by giving him 10 deer and Rp20 million. "But Suriadin ignored the offer,” Dedi said.

    The authority seized two modified Mouser and SS-1 firearms, as well as eight ammunitions at the size of 5.56. The evidence and the perpetrators were handed over to the Sape Police Precinct for further investigation.

    ANDITA RAHMA