Police brutality ignored
in the eastern Savu subdistrict have been
accused of assaulting three residents of
Kudji Ratu (Kuji Ratu), in the Bodae
Village. The assault is alleged to have
taken place in July 1999. The victims
include three Savunese men: Mr. Migu Tuka
(63), Mr. B'ole Tala (40) and Mr. Mala
Rihi. The accused are all non-Savunese,
LH, MH and DH.
Drs. FF Jermias Mirah of the Kupang
police station was asked to explain the
matter, but was not available for
comment. One of the victim's relatives,
Mr. Habel Tallo (56), a resident of
Manutapen village in Kupang, met with
police in Kupang concerning the incident.
But, the aggressors have not yet been
questioned or called to account.
The assault occurred when Mr. Tuka and
Mr. Tala were apprehended for cutting
timber in a forest belonging to the
Napuru tribe. According to the Napuru
leader of Kudji Ratu, Mr. Ama Tada Tallo
(known also as Pu Mika), the men had
received permission to fell the timber.
Mr. Migu Tuka suffered a broken arm and
collar bone, Mr. B'ole Tala a broken arm
and open wounds and Mr. Meta Rihi
numerous head wounds.
The victims laid allegations against the
three policemen, but the matter was not
followed up in any way. So, the victims
families took it upon themselves to take
action. The police have since responded
to the revenge attack, while the
allegations against the police brutality
has been ignored.
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