PNG Police From Western Highlands Burn Houses, Stores

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300 Engan villagers homeless after rampage

By Philip Kepson

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 9, 2015) – More than 300 villagers in Enga are homeless after uniformed policemen from the Western Highlands Province went on rampage in their village destroying private and state property worth thousands of kina last Friday.

Enga police confirmed that more than 15 police vehicles most of which were marked with Z plates crossed the WHP/Enga border with more than 150 police personnel and torched 10 houses, seven trade stores and destroyed local food on display at the Tautau market, Enga check point police commander Sergeant Danny Makau said.

Enga Provincial Commander Superintendent George Kakas who was in Port Moresby said he ordered a full investigation to incident and a report would be made available to Highlands regional police chief Chief Superintendent Terry Tei today for further action.

Sgt Makau said the rampage occurred around midday on Friday after Enga police at the check point rescued a leader from Yoponda tribe in Wapenamanda who was allegedly kidnapped by a joint policemen and civilians from the Baiyer River earlier in the day.

Sgt Makau said the local village, a road side market and the newly built police post were destroyed 40 minutes later by a reinforcement team from Mt Hagen who overpowered his men at the check point.

He said the cost of the damages to the Government facilities and local villagers property would exceed more than a K1 million.

"The properties were damaged by a reinforcement team from Mt Hagen after my men at the check point rescued a leader from Wapenamanda who was kidnapped by a group of mixed policemen and civilian from Baiyer in his home in Wapenamanda and attempted to take him to the WHP," he said. A Sgt Makau said he would put together a report on the incident and submit to his provincial police chief to take it up with the authorities.

Enga Governor Peter Ipatas meanwhile condemned the actions of the policemen from the Western Highlands Province who unlawfully destroyed state and private properties.

He said he would take it up with top police authorities to institute an independent investigation into the incident to bring those involved into the process of justice.

"I condemn the action of the uniform policemen who used government vehicles to travel all the way to Enga to cause serious damages to private and state property. I will take it up with the top law enforcing authorities to deal with those involved in this criminal activity," Ipatas said.

WHP Provincial Police Commander Martin Lakari would not be contacted for comment yesterday.

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