Soldier allegedly kills plantation worker in North Sumatra
The Jakarta Post
An employee of state-owned plantation firm PT. Perkebunan Nusantara IV, Wahyu Saputra, 24, died on Tuesday after he was reportedly shot by a soldier in Simalungun, North Sumatra.
The shooting is under investigation by the Military Police, Bukit Barisan Military Command I spokesman Col. Edy Hartono said. The shooter has been identified as Pvt. Hendrawan, a soldier assigned to secure the plantation area.
“We have detained the [alleged] perpetrator and he is being questioned by the Military Police,” he said on Wednesday.
Initial investigations suggested that Hendrawan did not intend to shoot the victim, Edy claimed.
The shooting incident occurred on Tuesday as the victim was gathering with his friends near trucks carrying palm oil in the Gunung Bayu plantation in Simalungun where he worked, deputy Simalungin Police chief Comr. Hendra Eko Tri Yulianto said.
Not far from the location, Hendrawan was joking around by pointing his rifle at Wahyu, the weapon discharged and Wahyu was hit in the right thigh, Hendra added.
Hendrawan and other employees tried to help the victim after the incident by taking him to the nearest clinic and then to Batubara Hospital. However, Wahyu suffered severe bleeding and died on the way to the hospital. (rin)
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