More drug sus­pects shot dead

The Jakarta Post - - ARCHIPELAGO -

MEDAN: Two drug sus­pects were shot dead by po­lice at two sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions in North Su­ma­tra on Wed­nes­day.

Husni from East Bin­jai was shot dead in Be­si­tang, Langkat re­gency. The po­lice claimed he re­tal­i­ated when ar­rested.

Je­fri Syah­put­era aka Vi­jay from Teluk Ni­bung, Tan­jung Balai, mean­while, was shot while un­der­go­ing ar­rest in Tan­jung Balai. North Su­ma­tra Po­lice spokesper­son Sr. Comr. Rina Sari Gint­ing said the po­lice had seized 3 kilo­grams of crys­tal metham­phetamine from each sus­pect.

“They were from an in­ter­na­tional net­work. We are still pur­su­ing other mem­bers of the syn­di­cate,” she told The Jakarta Post.

Lead nar­cotics in­ves­ti­ga­tor Sr. Adj. Comr. Hil­man Wi­jaya said the sus­pects were ar­rested while al­legedly trans­port­ing crys­tal meth from Aceh to Medan. “We fired warn­ing shots but they at­tempted to steal of­fi­cers’ guns,” he said.

At least 20 drug sus­pects have been shot dead by the po­lice this year in the prov­ince. The fig­ure is ar­guably the high­est among all 34 prov­inces.

Hu­man rights groups have voiced con­cerns over the ag­gres­sive war on drugs that could lead to ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing by po­lice of­fi­cers.

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