Kaupa petitions police to probe ‘shootings’

By LIONEL MUNGAE

Moresby North-East MP, John Kaupa has petitioned the Minister for Police Bryan Kramer and acting Commissioner David Manning to establish an independent inquiry into the alleged shooting incident at Erima last month.

The shootings on Sept 28 have cost the lives of two youths from Hela Province, which led to a commotion between the relatives of the deceased and the police.

Mr Kaupa, during question time in parliament this week, said more than six people have also sustained serious injuries as a result of the shooting and the youngest victim being a 12-year-boy.

He said the actions by the police to respond to unarmed civilians is uncalled for, and the police hierarchy must ensure that the investigations are done transparently and accordingly, so that the relatives of the victims are satisfied.

“I have written to police commissioner and minister to put in place an independent team to investigate the shooting of the citizens of this country,” Mr Kaupa said.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Bryan Kramer, when responding said the incident happened when police officers on routine patrol checked for stores operating without license during which a policeman was assaulted and police vehicle damaged.

“There are a lot of stories but there is a process to follow by both the police and the public to help the independent investigation,” Mr Kramer said.

He said the investigations would be led by highly experienced and competent officers, and he is adamant they will do their job professionally.

“The Criminal Investigation Division will work with the Ombudsman Commission to conduct the investigation and my office will also work closely with and oversee the investigations to ensure that it is not biased,” Mr Kramer said.

He also urged witnesses to come forward and give statement in order for the investigations to be efficient.

“We want the witnesses to come forward to help the police with the investigations,” Mr Kramer said.

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