PONTIANAK: West Kalimantan Police have declared 26 people suspects for allegedly burning tracts of land and forest, contributing to the widespread haze enveloping the province over the past few months.
'So far we have investigated 35 cases of land and forest fire and we have declared 26 people, all individuals, not from companies, as suspects in these cases,' West Kalimantan Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Arianto said in Pontianak on Friday.
Arianto said police had completed dossiers on five of 26 suspects while the remaining 21 suspects were still being questioned.
'We are also investigating four cases of land and forest fire that, allegedly, involve corporations,' he added as quoted by Antara news agency, before adding that two of the cases involved corporations PT SKM and PT KAL in Ketapang regency, PT PJP in Kubu Raya regency and PT RKJ, a foreign investment firm in Melawi regency.