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Senayan shooting range to be moved after incident at House of Representatives

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 25, 2018   /   02:11 pm
Senayan shooting range to be moved after incident at House of Representatives Officers stand guard in front of Golkar Party lawmaker Bambang Heri Purnama’s office on the 13th floor of the House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta after a stray bullet reportedly went into his office on Aug. 15. (kompas.com/Kristian Erdianto)

The House of Representatives and government have agreed to relocate Lapangan Tembak Senayan shooting range in Central Jakarta, following an incident in which stray bullets were found in lawmakers’ offices at the House of Representatives.

The State Secretariat and the Youth and Sport Ministry will coordinate with the management of Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Central Jakarta and the Indonesian Shooting and Hunting Association to find a new location for the shooting range.

The decision was made in a hearing between those ministries and institutions with the House's Ways and Means Committee (BURT) and the National Police on Wednesday.

“This is the final decision. There will be no more polemics. The lawmakers no longer need to worry about entering their offices,” BURT head Anton Sihombing said after the meeting, but he did not yet have the specific schedule for the relocation as the related stakeholders would first seek a new location.

Last Thursday another bullet was found in the office of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Effendi Simbolon, located on the sixth floor of the House complex.

A couple of days earlier, two bullets were found on the 13th and 16th floors of the House building and two others on the 10th and 9th floors.

Anton said that since then, many lawmakers had been afraid to enter their offices.

The House also plans to install bulletproof windows to prevent such incidents from recurring.

The Jakarta Police have arrested two men, identified as IAW and RMY, related to the latest shooting incident. (cal)