Thu, 25 May 2000

Two men commit suicide separately

JAKARTA (JP): Kemayoran Police detectives in Central Jakarta are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 27-year-old man on Monday from severe burns, an officer said on Tuesday.

"We have collected a little information from his relatives, which is still inadequate for us to figure out the motive," Kemayoran Police detective Second Lt. H. Duha said.

Agus Daniel poured kerosene over himself and set himself alight on Sunday at his family house on Jl. Tambak in Cempaka Putih, relatives said, adding he committed suicide over a crime he had committed, but they did not elaborate.

But Duha said his officer had been tipped off by neighbors about another possible motive behind Agus' death.

"His family refused to give further information. But residents in the area told us about the possibility of financial problems and a family dispute," he added.

Iwan, the victim's brother, told reporters he managed to smother Agus' burning body and rush him to Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital.

After spending a night at the hospital, doctors announced that Agus had died due to severe burns.

Iwan said the crime Agus allegedly committed that led to his suicide was a kind of "young person's affair".

He said his brother was wanted by the police for the crime.

When Agus returned home on Sunday, he recalled, the neighbors were besieging their house and had alerted the police.

"Agus refused to be arrested by the police and threatened to kill himself. He asked me to pour kerosene over him, but I was in too much of a panic, so he did it all himself," Iwan said.

An unidentified man was found dead on railway tracks in Cipinang, East Jakarta, on Monday evening.

Witness Bagus, a local resident, said he saw the man, who was wearing only a pair of jeans, sleeping with his head on the tracks.

Bagus recalled that he was about to wake the man up when a train passed along the track instantly killing him.

"It was too late," Bagus said, adding that he thought the man may well have committed suicide.

The man's remains were taken to Cipto. (06)