Tue, 14 Nov 2000

Dismissal urged for police chief

MAKASSAR, South Sulawesi: The United Bone Student and Youths Board (DPP-Kepmi) urged on Monday the dismissal of Bone Police chief Supt. Dedi Fauzi following a recent brawl between locals that killed at least two people.

"South Sulawesi Police chief (Insp. Gen. Sofyan Jacoeb) must replace Bone Police chief since he legalized the formation of an anti-vice forum which has led to vigilantism and clashes between group members and locals of Tabbae," DPP-Kepmi chairman A. Sunusi said.

Residents of Tabbae were reportedly upset by the anti-vice group called Forbes Gerak, whom they said quickly accused people of crime and took the law into their hands.

DPP-Kepmi said at least six people died in Friday's brawl between forum members and people of Tabbae, with two others severely injured and eight reportedly missing.

Police, however, denied DPP-Kepmi claims.

"There were only two deaths and four injured. The situation in North Bone has returned to normal. Please be patient and do not quickly jump to conclusions," Bone Regional Police chief Sr. Supt. Wawan Hendrawan said. (27/edt)