The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian Military (TNI) has asked the public to report any involvement of its members in the ransacking of a house that belonged to the parents of a man accused of assaulting two military personnel earlier this week.
Any TNI member found to have taken part in destroying the home of Iwan Hutapea’s parents in Cibubur, East Jakarta, will be punished, said Jakarta Military Command spokesman Col. Kristomei Sianturi,
Iwan is one of the five suspects named by the Jakarta Police for allegedly assaulting two TNI personnel men in Ciracas, East Jakarta.
“Anyone involved in the looting did so on their own behalf, not the military,” he said on Friday as reported by tempo.co.
Dozens of unidentified men ransacked Iwan’s parent’s house on Tuesday night. Afterward, the mob attacked the Ciracas Police station, which was handling the assault case.
Iwan's father Oloan Hutapea, 63, told tempo.co that the mob came at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday. He and his family members were terrified because the mob was chanting that they were going to break into the house.
They also shouted his son’s name, he said.
Oloan asked his daughter-in-law to give a key house to one of the people in the mob, but the mass refused. They asked Oloan and his family members to get into to their neighbor’s house.
The mob, who were allegedly carrying sticks and machetes, then reportedly broke into the house and ransacked it, breaking the front windows, television, air conditioner, a motorcycle and a refrigerator. (sau)