East Java Police Chief Apologizes for the Kanjuruhan Stadium Tragedy That Claimed 125 Lives

- 05 October 2022 18:46 WIB
East Java Police Chief Inspector General Nico Afinta apologized for the tragedy at the Kanjuruhan Stadium. (Photo/pmjnews)
East Java Police Chief Inspector General Nico Afinta apologized for the tragedy at the Kanjuruhan Stadium. (Photo/pmjnews)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – East Java Police Chief Inspector General Nico Afinta apologized for the Kanjuruhan Stadium tragedy.

After a football match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya, police officers on duty at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, reacted to unrest in the crowd by firing multiple shots of tear gas rounds at the tribunes.

This in turn escalated the unrest into a full-blown panic that caused a stampede that claimed the lives of 125 people, according to official police reports, including women and children.

Also read: Indonesian Government Forms a Fact-Finding Team to Investigate the Kanjuruhan Stadium Tragedy

"As the Regional Police Chief, I am concerned and apologize if there are shortcomings in the ongoing security process. In the future, we will evaluate with related parties," said Nico when visiting injured victims at RSUD Syaiful Hospital,Surabaya, East Java on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.
 
Nico said that he hopes football matches can become safer and more comfortable and spur the local economy.
 
He then promised that the East Java Police will work together with the National Police to ensure that injured victims will receive compensation for their hospital treatment.

"The National Police Chief gives special attention to all victims by providing treatment assistance to each victim and handed over to their respective families," he said.

Also read: National Police to Conduct Audit on SOPs of Security Personnel at Kanjuruhan Stadium

The East Java Regional Police will also coordinate with the provincial government regarding the repair of damaged infrastructure.

After the humanitarian process was completed, the two-star general emphasized that he would carry out the law enforcement process to anyone who was at fault in this incident.

"We will carry out law enforcement processes to anyone who is guilty after the humanitarian process is complete. We pray that all these problems can be resolved together," he said.

Also read: National Human Rights Commission Obtains Evidence in their Investigation on the Kanjuruhan Stadium Tragedy

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