Police question 11 over Pamulang riot
Manhandled: A police officer drags an injured protester during a violent protest against the presence of deputy National Police chief Comr. Gen. Nanan Sukarna as a guest speaker in a seminar at Pamulang University, Tangerang, Banten on Thursday. Antara/Muhammad Iqbal The police said on Friday they were questioning 11 people in relation to their alleged involvement in a campus riot on Thursday at Pamulang University in South Tangerang.
"They may face charges under several articles of the Criminal Code, including incitement and beatings," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said. "We will decide their fate today at 7 p.m.," he added.
Rikwanto said the chaos injured two students and five police officers, and caused damage to several vehicles around the site. "The injured students and police officers are undergoing treatment at hospitals in South Tangerang," he said.
Throngs of students at the campus staged a protest - believed to be related to several police attacks on students across the country - during a public lecture session delivered at the university by deputy national police chief Comr. Gen. Nanan Sukarna on Thursday.
Rikwanto denied that one student was shot by the police. The student, Feri Irawan, was wounded in the stomach by a sharp object during the riot. "After minor surgery by Dr Mursal at the South Tangerang Hospital, no bullet was found. His condition is improving."
Police, representatives of the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) and locals in Pamulang met with the university on Friday, to discuss a reconciliation. (fzm/swd)