Three persons injured, one killed by bullets in Tolikara – Komnas HAM should investigate

On 19 December 2022, officers of the Tolikaras District Police opened fire at a group of people who were allegedly trying to attack the police headquarters in Ampera, Karubaga town, Tolikara Regency. Mr Michael Bogum, Mr Metus Bogum, Mr Beinus and Mr Wilem Wunungga were wounded by bullets (see table below). Mr Wunungga reportedly succumbed to the bullet wound on the way to the hospital. Human rights defenders in West Papua have called upon the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to conduct a timely and thorough investigation of the incident.

The Tolikara Police Chief, Commissioner Dicky H. Saragih, declared the incident was triggered by a man and a woman who came to the Tolikara District Police Headquarters and attacked an officer. They were allegedly intoxicated. Thereupon, police officers stepped in and secured them. As people outside the police station saw the brawl, they began throwing stones at the police personnel.

According to Saragih, the crowd tried to jump the fence and attacked from different directions. He claimed that his men opened fire to defend themselves and prevent further damage. The protesters damaged four police vehicles and broke several windows. The mob reportedly injured five police officers.  

Table with protesters wounded in Ampera on 19 December 2022

NoNameAdditional information
1Michael BogumBullet wound on the thigh, undergoing medical treatment at Karubaga hospital
2Metus BogumBullet wounds on the right hand and left leg, undergoing medical treatment at Karubaga hospital
3BeinusBullet wounds on the right side of his stomach and the right calf, undergoing medical treatment at Karubaga hospital
4Wilem WununggaBullet pierced his waist from left to right; he was transferred to the general hospital in Wamena but succumbed to his injury.

Map of Ampera, Karubaga

Wounded victims receiving medical treatment at the Karubaga Hospital

Detailed Case Data
name of the location: Ampera (-3.6855253992954893, 138.481093093828)
administrative region: Indonesia, Papua Province, Tolikara Regency, Karubaga district, Ampera village
total number of victims: four
period of incident: 19.12.2022
perpetrator: police
perpetrator details: unknown
Issues: torture, extra-judicial killings, ill-treatment
Further HRM News:

NumberName, DetailsGenderAgeGroup AffiliationViolations
1Michael Bogummaleunknown indigenousill-treatment
1Metus Bogummaleunknown indigenous ill-treatment
1Beinusmaleunknown indigenousill-treatment
1Wilem Wununggamaleunknown indigenousill-treatment, execution