PAPUADAILY –The presence of armed criminal groups (KKB) in Papua province poses a particular serious threat to the province. However, according to the Head of the Public Relations Division of the National Police, Inspector General Argo Yuwono, the KKB violence did not occur in all areas in Papua. The violence only occurred in Puncak, Intan Jaya, Nduga, and Mimika districts.
“Not all areas in Papua have armed violence, only in a few districts, including Puncak, Intan Jaya, Nduga and Mimika districts,” Argo said in his statement, Wednesday (23/6/2021).
Launching Antara, Mimika Police Chief AKBP IGG Era Adhinata explained the current situation in the Mimika area. According to Era, Mimika’s situation is now safer and many Papuan KKB members have surrendered.
In fact, a number of Papuan Armed Criminal Group (KKB) factions led by Lekagak Telenggen were successfully repelled by the TNI-Polri when they were about to enter the Mimika area.
AKBP IGG Era Adhinata said that many Papuan KKB members in his area had returned to the community, to work together with other community components to build a more promising life and future.
“That’s a lot, but we can’t say it openly, because it’s related to the safety of themselves and their families,” said AKBP IGG Era Adhinata, as quoted by Antara.
He said efforts to embrace and invite residents who had joined the Papuan KKB to return to the NKRI are the duties and responsibilities of all components of the nation, not only TNI and Polri officers, but also local governments.
According to the Mimika Police Chief, in the past year the movement of the Papuan KKB in the Mimika area, especially in the Tembagapura District and its surroundings, has decreased.
A number of Papuan KKB factions that previously joined and visited the Tembagapura District in February 2020, led by Lekagak Telenggen, have returned to their respective areas of origin.
The groups are said to have come from the Ilaga, Intan Jaya, Puncak Jaya and Nduga areas. “Last year around February there were many Papuan KKB groups who came to disturb Tembagapura, but the authorities managed to prevent them, so they returned to their respective regions.
It has been almost a year that there have been no more security disturbances in Mimika, especially in the Tembagapura area,” said AKBP Era Adhinata.
Even so, he said, early detection of KKB movements that want to disrupt security in the Mimika area, especially Tembagapura, which is the mining area of PT Freeport Indonesia, must continue.
The Mimika Police Chief asked for support from various components of the local community to help provide information if he knew of a Papuan KKB movement that wanted to disrupt the security situation in the Mimika area.
The Commander of the 20th Infantry Brigade Ima Jaya Keramo/3 Kostrad Lt. Col. Inf. Arynovian Sampurno admitted that the security situation in the Mimika area has recently become more conducive, so that local residents can move smoothly without fear and worry about threats by the KKB.
“We hope that the Mimika area will always be in a safe and conducive condition. If the situation in the area is safe, then of course the community can develop, become more advanced and prosperous,” said Lt. Col. Arynovian.
A different situation is felt by people who live in a number of regencies in the mountainous region of Papua, such as Puncak, Intan Jaya, Nduga, Yahukimo and others, which are still often hit by conflicts, even cases of violence orchestrated by armed separatist groups.