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Armed civilian group members arrested for assaults within APP-linked concession in Jambi

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

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Jambi   /   Wed, July 24, 2019   /  09:00 am
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The Jambi Police named 59 individuals linked to the SMB suspects on Monday, following a crackdown against the group's members who allegedly committed the attacks within the concession area belonging to PT Wirakarya Sakti (WKS), a pulpwood supplier for giant paper producer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).(Shutterstock/-)

Authorities in Jambi are investigating cases of alleged violence involving local group the Batanghari Independent Union (SMB), whose members have been accused of assaulting security personnel as well as damaging company property in Mersam subdistrict, Batanghari regency. The Jambi Police named 59 individuals linked to the group suspects on Monday, following a crackdown against the SMB members who allegedly committed the attacks within the concession area belonging to PT Wirakarya Sakti (WKS), a pulpwood supplier for giant paper producer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). The police have also seized dozens of weapons — including firearms and sharp bamboo — allegedly belonging to the group, which had occupied and claimed some part of the land under the company’s concession since last year. “Based on the police’s examination and analysis result, it i...