Police name 11 suspects in Pamulang University riot
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The police named 11 suspects on Friday for their alleged involvement in a campus riot on Thursday at Pamulang University in South Tangerang.
“Based on our investigation on Friday of the 11 detainees, we concluded that all could be charged under the Criminal Code for inciting violence,” Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto told reporters on Friday. The law carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.
Throngs of students at the campus staged a protest — believed to be related to several police attacks on students across the country — as deputy National Police chief Comr. Gen. Nanan Sukarna delivered a public lecture at the university on Thursday.
Nanan was only in his first minutes of his address when the students’ protest turned ugly, and he was forced to flee the scene.
Two police companies were dispatched to secure the area and bring the crowds under control.
Rumors abounded that police had fired live ammunition in order to regain control, injuring one student identified as Feri Irawan.
Rikwanto denied that anyone was shot by the police. He said that Feri was wounded in the stomach by a sharp object during the riot. “After a minor surgery at the South Tangerang Hospital, no bullet was found. His condition is improving.”
“The police had only fired tear gas. The bullet casings students found came from blanks, which were used to push them inside the campus,” he added.
He went on to say the chaos had injured two students and five police officers, and caused damage to
several nearby vehicles.
RS, a senior law student, was detained for possessing a weapon. Among the suspects was YR, an alumnus of the university, whom the police said was alleged to have provoked the students in the campus to conduct the protest.
Rikwanto said the alumni themselves were divided. “YR’s side was the one provoking the riot. But some other alumni, who were outside the campus during the chaos, told police to arrest YR and his friends,”
he said. (jp/fzm)