The CIS-typed rifle was handed over by this 54-year-old resident, identified only as Y.K., to the personnel of the Army Strategic Reserves Command's (Kostrad's) MR 411/PDW Infantry Battalion at the Toray Command Post on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
"Y.K. voluntarily handed over his rifle and two 22-caliber bullets to the chief of Toray Command Post 2nd Lt Wesly Baslius Tanaem on the night of February 22," Commander of the task force at the Kostrad's MR 411/PDW Infantry Battalion Major Rizky Aditya said here Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
According to Aditya, The rifle was given by Y.K.'s late brother, only identified by his initials A.P.G. (60). Y.K. said his heart was touched by the friendly approach that the task force personnel applied to native Papuans. Y.K. felt encouraged to surrender the rifle and its bullets.
Deputy Spokesman of the XVII Cenderawasih Regional Military Command Lt. Col. Dax said the Y.K. case was evidence that a friendly approach could have won the hearts and minds of the native Papuan community members.
The security situation in Papua remains vulnerable to the acts of deadly violence by notorious separatists. The rebels were engaged in repeated exchanges of fire with the n military and police personnel. The rebels also launched deadly attacks on civilians over the past years and killed a number of them. (Antara)