Members of the North Sumatra COVID-19 task force were attacked by an unidentified group while conducting a mask-wearing raid in a suspected gambling den in Labuhan Deli district, Deli Serdang regency, early on Thursday.
Two task force members suffered head injuries in the attack. The alleged perpetrators also destroyed three cars belonging to the task force and held the members against their will until 3 a.m.
They were released with the help of local authorities.
Following the attack, North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi visited the location, saying he was disappointed the incident had taken place against task force members who were enforcing the necessary health protocols during the pandemic.
Edy noticed that many residents were still ignoring health rules, like wearing a mask, adding that it was proof the area needed to be disciplined.
“People should realize this, instead of resisting the officers by carrying out attacks; that's a crime,” said Edy Rahmayadi said on Thursday, urging the police to thoroughly investigate the matter.
The governor added that he had reported the attack to the police and was awaiting the legal process. Aside from reporting the attackers, Edy said authorities needed to also close the alleged gambling den, saying lottery papers were found as proof of illegal gambling activities.
Gambling is against the law as stipulated in Article 303 of the Criminal Code. (mfp)