Greatindonesia.co.id, Baturaja – The Indonesian military’s detachment unit in Baturaja, Ogan Komering Ulu District, South Sumatra Province, has been hunting down a private only identified as DP for his alleged involvement in a mutilation case against Vera Oktaria who was found dead in the Sungai Lilin area of Musi Banyuasin on Friday (10/5/2019).
“The suspected perpetrator is being hunted down,” said Commander of the Baturaja Military’s Sub-Detachment for Military Police II / 4-4 CPM Captain Gatot Udiyono here on Sunday (12/5/2019).
He said DP was a cadet of Vocational Education for Infantry in the Sriwijaya Regional Military Command’s Main Regiment who deserted. He was alleged to be one of the perpetrators of mutilation Vera Oktaria, an Indomaret cashier who was found dead at the lodging area of Musi Banyuasin District.
“We are still hunting DP after the DP has run away from the Sriwijaya Regional Military Command’s Combat Education and Training Depot since May 4, 2019,” he said.
According to him, they had proliferated DP’s photos to public to enable him to get arrested immediately.
He stated that he did not yet know the motive for the murder and mutilation, including the causes of DP deserting his duties as enlisted students at the Combat Education and Training Depot in Baturaja.
“What is clear is that we are currently continuing to hunt down DP,” Udiyono said. (eli)
FLOODS SUBMERGE HUNDREDS OF HOUSES IN MUSI BANYUASIN, SOUTH SUMATERA
Greatindonesia,co.id, Palembang – Hundreds of homes have been flooded in Musi Banyuasin District, South Sumatra Province, following incessant heavy rains since Saturday (27/4/2019).
Flooding affected Dawas and Tanjung Dalam villages in Keluang Sub-district, as well as Jud and Air Balui Villages in Sanga Desa Sub -district, First Inspector Eka Sapta Yanto, head of the Keluang police office, said here on Sunday (28/4/2019).
“This is the third flooding that has affected local residents. But, this time, the flood is bigger and surprising because the water flow was strong particularly in Tanjung Dalam Village,” he said.
Two houses respectively in Dawas and Tanjung Dalam villages were swept away and a road connecting the two villages were cut off by the flooding.
“This is the worst flooding as Biduk River, a tributary of Musi River, has spilled over its bank, besides the precipitation was very high,” he remarked.
The floods did not claim any live but displaced several people. Local authorities have helped move the flood victims to higher grounds.
Keluang District Head Debby Haryanto said some 200 homes were flooded in Dawas and Tanjung Dalam Villages.
“We have already reported to the district administration and disaster mitigation office. Five teams have been deployed there,” he said.
Major floods were also hit several Indonesian provinces, such as Jakarta and Bengkulu. (drs)
120 FOREIGNERS TO VISIT SOUTH SUMATERA FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE
Greatindonesia.co.id, Banyuasin – An Australian-flagged cruise ship will transport some 120 foreign tourists to a fishermen’s village in Muara Sungsang, Banyuasin District, South Sumatra, Friday, April 26.
The Australian cruise ship “Coral Adventure” will be carrying tourists who work as researchers in Britain, Belgium, France, the United States, New Zealand, Russia, the Netherlands and Australia, the head of the Banyuasin District’s Culture and Tourism Office, Aminuddin, said here, Wednesday (24/4/2019).
“We will welcome their arrival at the Sungsang Village Pier at around 08.00 WIB,” he said.
The guests will be welcomed by traditional dances, namely the Migrant Bird Dance and the Tingkuan Dance, from the residents of the fishing village belonging to the Sungsang community.
In addition, the district government will open craft outlets where local products, ranging from crafts to culinary items, will be promoted.
The foreign tourists would be visiting the place mainly to have a firsthand view of life in the fishermen’s village and be a part of the culture and traditions of the community, he noted.
The Sungsang Fishermen’s Village is one of the leading tourist destinations in South Sumatra that the local government will continue to develop.
This fishermen’s village has been around for decades and thousands of tourists, both domestic and foreign have visited the place, according to district government officials.
The people of Palembang usually refer to the people of Sungsang as “sea wongs”, because the settlement is located at the mouth of the Musi River which faces the Bangka Strait or the South China Sea. Most of Sungsang’s residents are fishermen.
“The district-level tourism development is being boosted by South Sumatra so that the tourism potential can be maximized,” he stated. (bpr)
POLICE THWART SALE OF ENDANGERED SLOW LORISES “KUKANG”
Greatindonesia.co.id, Palembang – The South Sumatra Provincial Police were successful in thwarting the sale of eight endangered slow lorises, locally termed “kukang”, at a traditional market in the provincial capital of Palembang, on Tuesday (23/4/2019).
The police also took into custody two suspects, identified by their initials as Sam and Idr, when they were on the verge of selling the endangered animal species, Chief of the South Sumatra Provincial Police’s Public Relations Senior Commissioner Supriadi revealed.
The police are thoroughly probing several witnesses in a bid to catch more suspects in the case, he noted.
Slow loris or Nycticebus coucang is native to Indonesia and listed as endangered by Law No. 5 of 1990 that stipulates the protection of natural and biological resources and their ecosystem. Their trade is prohibited and cannot be kept as pets.
Even though the species belonging to the Ordo primate are protected, but Kukang frequently kept as exotic pets.
Wildlife species, including kukang, are instrumental in maintaining the delicate balance of the ecosystem and in forest conservation. (ant)
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