By JAMES APA GUMUNO
SELLY Mol, who was killed in the line of police duty, was laid to rest last Friday.
Mrs Mol was killed last month when a man detonated a hand-grenade while in police custody.
Hundreds of people gathered for her funeral service at Queen Elizabeth Park in Mt Hagen city.
Highlands police divisional commander and assistant police commissioner Simon Kauba and provincial police commander Supt Kaiglo Ambane were also present at the service.
ACP Kauba said since her death, no leaders in the province had condemned the action or visited the funeral home.
He said this month, three police officers died in the Highlands region, one each in Enga, Southern Highlands and Western Highlands provinces.
ACP Kauba said the people and leaders in the Enga and Southern Highlands provinces had shown great respect for the police officers who had died in their provinces.
He said this clearly indicates that there was leadership in these provinces, but no leadership in Western Highlands.
He said Mrs Mol did not deserve to be killed in such a manner in line of her duty and described her as a hero.
Supt Ambane said a bomb or firearm owned by a criminal belonged to the tribe.
He said in this situation, the tribesmen of the criminal, who was also killed in the explosion, must be held responsible for the death of Mrs Mol.
Supt Ambane said if the leaders of the tribe go into hiding, they would not escape.
President of the Hagen rural LLG council and chairman of the Wamp Nga group of companies Wai Rapa conveyed his sincere apologies to the police force and relatives of the deceased on behalf of other leaders.
Mr Rapa said that the province’s image was completely destroyed.
He called on the national and provincial governments to tighten their laws in order to address lawlessness in the province.
He presented K2,000 on behalf of the Wamp Nga Group of Companies while the provincial government donated another K5,000 to meet funeral expenses.