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Jakarta Post

Man 'hooks' dead body in fishing competition

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Mon, June 4, 2018   /   11:19 am
Man 'hooks' dead body in fishing competition Thousands of anglers participate on June 3 in a fishing competition on the Citarum River in Bandung regency, West Java. The Siliwangi Military Command III, which organized the competition, stocked the river with about 20 tons of fish and offered Rp 200 million in total prizes. (Antara/Raisan Al Farisi)

Instead of catching fish, a participant of a fishing competition on the Citarum River in Bandung regency has instead "reeled in" the body of an unidentified man on Sunday.

The angler, Safari, was among thousands that had joined the competition, organized by the West Java Siliwangi Military Command III.

Bandung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Indra Hermawan said the police were handling the case, and that the police estimated the dead man's age at 20-30 years old. So far, he said, they had not found any signs of violence on the body.

Commander Maj. Gen. Harto Karyawan said the Siliwangi Military Command had organized the competition to raise environmental awareness on the river.

President Joko Widodo launched a program in February 2018 to clean the river, which has been dubbed the dirtiest river in the world by Western media.