Police Urged to Probe Killing After Chevron Blockade

21 July, 2010
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Representatives of a student group in Jakarta and hundreds of students in Garut, West Java staged a separate protests on today (21/7) against the shooting of a third year student earlier this week in Garut, which is linked to the recent blockade by his group and communities around Chevron Geothermal Indonesia’s facility in the regency.

Representatives from the National Executive Body of National Students League for Democracy (EN – LMND) demanded the National Police Chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri to order investigation in to the incident on Monday evening.

Lalu Hilman Afriandi chairman of the group said during the protest at the national Police headquarters in South Jakarta today “We from the EN-LMND came to the Investigation and Crime Unit to report the shooting and killing of Herman.”

Herman, 23, Head of the Organization Development Depatment of the student group was killed with a bullet hole on his head on Monday evening (19/7), hours after hundreds of villagers in Pasirwangi Subdistrict blocked a major road heading to Chevron’s facility and seized one worker bus heading to the facility.

Report of the death came from one of the his friends who went out with him prior to the murder. One of his friends wo reported the death is a Second Brigadier (Secoind Sargeant) with the Pakenjeng Precinct who told a relative of the murdered student that “my gun fell off, immdiately picked up by Herman, and shot it to his own head.”

Spokesman for the group’s branch in Garut Ivan Rivanora who led the protest today at Garut Resort Police demanded complete investigation into the killing.

Later Riva denied that Herman had took part in Monday’s protest but confirmed his position in the group.

Herman’s girlfriend Yanti,22 then supported the claim, saying Herman was with her all day long in her room on Monday playing laptop before leaving in the afternoon with his friends, including the second sargeant about two hours prior to the death report.

The blockade on Monday was held to demand Chevron to involve more residents around the geothermal facility in its operation.

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