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By GYNNIE KERO
A MAN is dead, seven people injured and 15 semi-permanent houses burnt down at Kanduwanum, East Sepik following a dispute among locals on Independence Day anniversary, according to police commander Supt Albert Beli.
Speaking from Wewak yesterday, Supt Beli said policemen were sent to site to establish the cause and help resolve a tense situation at Kanduwanum.
“The cause of the fight among the people at Kanduwanum is unknown (but) police have gone to investigate,” he said.
“From what we gathered, a fight broke out, seven sustained wounds caused by spear catapults.
“One is dead and 15 houses were burnt to ashes,” Supt Beli said.
He said police also received information of young people on Kairiru Island attacking students and damaging properties at the Kairiru Secondary School. He urged the offenders to surrender or police would have their parents locked up at the station in Wewak.
Supt Beli also told The National that two soldiers from Moem Barracks who were admitted at the hospital had been discharged.
The two soldiers were reportedly waiting for their pick-up to return to the barracks outside a nightclub when they were attacked by youths on Saturday.
It is believed that the youths who attacked the two soldiers live close to the club.
Supt Beli suggested the club owner increase club’s security manpower, provide transportation for his customers and close his operation no later than 2am.
He said most parts of the province had peaceful Independence celebrations.

16 comments

    • I don’t think so, because they are innocent…The police should go after the suspects. This mentality of arresting parents and locking them is UNJUSTIFY….In the past planti manmeri no save lo constitutional rights na kain pasin save kamap, nau yu tryim nogut bai yu yet silip lo cell.

      Just a general thought.

  • There is a storm that has been hitting Momase started with Madang, now creeping into East Sepik, this another attack like Coronas Virus, lets stand up to challenge to have the victory, are not grater than the Lord we serve.

  • NO, UNCONSTITUTIONAL, PARENTS DONE NOTHING WRONG. NOKEN BRINGIM LO BLO BIPO WHERE OL MAN MERI INO SAVE LONG LO NA OL PORET. PPC WEWAK THIS IS NOT CONSTITUTIONAL, FRAME YOUR STATEMENT WELL AND NOT TO BRING FEAR TO PARENTS AS THEY ARE 100% INNOCENT.

  • Brace for an upserge in criminal activities with removal of Reservists and Auxilary policemen. PNG is not yet civilised enought to respect the rights of others while enjoying theirs.

  • Our laws should be amended so that parents too should be responsible for their children’s crime too. In so doing children will abide by laws and refrain from illegal activities. Parents too will start to be more proactive and instill strict discipline in their homes.

    Parents’ ignorance in taking ownership to discipline their children is one of the main causes of the problems in our societies. Parents should NOT just enjoy the pleasure of bringing children into this world but must take responsibilities in disciplining their children to become law abiding citizens.

    Weldone Supt Beli!! Although critics may say its unlawful but that is one good way to help address law and order issues.

    • P.arents are responsible when their kids are under the age of of say 15, an age when parents have effective control over their children. Beyond that, they become young men and women, and parents can really control them. The best thing is to work with parents and community to apprehend the suspect. If parents refuse to cooperate then they can be arrested as complicit to the crimes

  • I think it is just ridiculous and stupid to penalize parents for crimes committed by their children.
    Unless you have evidence that parents encourage their children to commit crimes or habor/hide them after they have committed a crime.

  • Yes it is unlawful, however police has been using this tactic over the years for the culprit to give himself or herself to police. Years back my aunty was arrested (used as a bait,) to make her son give himself to the police.

  • Some young men n women will not even bother if their parents go to jail, as long as they are not the ones affected. So police should go after the culprit

  • Kairuru is a very small island in which police can do their job easily instead of arresting the parentsy and use them as bait to capture the son

  • Arresting Parents is Unconstitutional but a collective punishment approach now seriously needed to be considered and enacted into law to prevent mob criminalistics. When one person is insured because of his/her wrong doing, the family community and the tribe respond in negative collective way. Eg compensation for deaths, road blocks and harassment of innocent lives, tribal fights. The community accepts and tolerate wrong sound. Treats to government by people are few examples to highlight this social issue.

    For a start I personally think, arrest the parents, wives of these lawless lunatics and make it a policy until constitutionally enacted. We now need immediate provisions in law to address acute issues such as these to stamp out future incidents and make our communities and country a better place for collective peace and good

  • Arresting Parents is Unconstitutional but a collective punishment approach now seriously needed to be considered and enacted into law to prevent mob criminalistics. When one person is injured because of his/her wrong doing, the family community and the tribe respond in more negative collective ways which we all know and are used to, unless you live all of your lives overseas. Eg compensation for deaths, road blocks and harassment of innocent lives and tribal fights. The community accepts and tolerate wrong doings. Threats to government by people are few examples to highlight this social issue.

    For a start I personally think, arrest the parents, wives of these lawless lunatics and make it a policy until constitutionally enacted. We now need immediate provisions in law to address acute issues such as these to stamp out future incidents and make our communities and country a better place for collective peace and good

  • Using parents pf criminals might be wrong but how can you bring in escapees or crimals? I think police should go into family houses and giving parents 7,14 or 21 days to speak with their own sons and daughtersand daughters to surrounder themselves orherwise. Head pain pinis ya.

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