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Police officer burned during protest dies after days of treatment

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 26, 2019   /   11:29 am
Police officer burned during protest dies after days of treatment Four police officers suffered burns when they were on duty to secure a protest staged by university students in Cianjur on Aug. 15. (kompas.com/Firman Taufiqurrahman )

A police officer who suffered severe burn injuries when dealing with a recent protest in Cianjur, West Java, died in the early hours of Monday after a few days of intensive medical treatment.

Cianjur Police officer Second. Insp. Erwin Yudha Wildani passed away at the Jakarta Pertamina Central Hospital, where he had been admitted after he was accidentally doused with gasoline and set on fire during the protest.

“[Erwin] died at 1:38 a.m. [on Monday],” National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said as quoted by kompas.com.

Erwin’s condition had reportedly been declining since Sunday, partially because of complications from increasing blood sugar levels and low hemoglobin.

Dedi said that Erwin’s remains would be returned on Monday to Cianjur, where the late officer would be laid to rest.

“The National Police are mourning over the loss of our officer who died on duty,” he said.

Erwin was one of four police officers who suffered burns when they were on duty to secure a protest staged by university students in Cianjur on Aug. 15.

The protesters demanded to meet members of the city council, but the latter declined and consequently participants of the rally blocked Jl. Siliwangi and burned tires on the street.

Suddenly one of the protesters splashed gasoline and accidentally doused Erwin and the three other officers, who immediately caught on fire.

Erwin suffered the most with 80 percent of his body burned, while the other officers, namely Second Brig. FA Simbolon, Second Brig. Yudi Muslim and Second Brig. Anif Anif Endaryanto Pratama, suffered at least 40 percent burns.

The police has named three students suspects in the case, including the 19-year-old student identified as RS, who had allegedly thrown the gasoline and burned the officers. (gis/afr)