The Jakarta Post
Five men have been arrested in Central Java for allegedly beating the head of the Wonogiri Police’s criminal investigation department, Adj. Comr. Aditia Mulya Ramadhani, into a coma.
Central Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Rycko A Dahniel said the five had officially been declared suspects in the case.
"The number of suspects is likely to increase. We are still searching for three people. As of now, we have examined 22 witnesses related to the case," Rycko said on Thursday.
Rycko did not reveal the names of the suspects and where they come from.
"We are still investigating. We will explain everything, including the names of the suspects, when everything is finished," he said.
The police also confiscated as evidence several wooden sticks and stones, which they believe were used to beat the Aditia.
The criminal investigation chief was beaten during a clash between two pencak silat groups, namely the Setia Hati Terate Brotherhood (PSHT) and the Setia Hati Tunas Muda Winongo Brotherhood (PSHW), on May 9 in Wonogiri.
He was treated at the Dr. Oen Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java, and then moved to the Singapore Royal Hospital.
Rycko said the clash had been triggered by vengeance.
Aditia had not been wearing his uniform during the street brawl. (ggq)