Human Rights body: farmer’s death in APP’s concession questionable
Supratmin, a farmer from Buluhala village of Sungai Sembilan sub-district, was found dead by his friends in peat canals of PT SGP where tense conflict involving the local farmers against PT SGP occurred at that time.
The Human Rights Commission also urged the police to release temporarily two farmers whom detained by the police following the conflict in the end of June.
Taufik Kurahman, head of Pandawa Lima farmers group, said that the two farmers detained after they cleared their plantation and felled acacia trees planted by PT SGP. The security of PT SGP chased after the two farmers and Supratmin, but the latter was previously lost before being found dead in the peat canal of APP supplier which operated in Sumatran tiger habitat.
Suhendro said that his organization would question the local police, Dumai municipality administration, and PT SGP. Zulkarnain, head of Sungai Sembilan sub-district, said the residents hailed the hard work done by the Human Rights Commission to respond the concerns raised by the community. “It is a fight initiated by the farmers group, “ he said.