East Lombok Government Prioritizes Handling of Ahmadiyah Residents.
MATARAM, NNC – Government of East Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), prioritizes the handling of Ahmadiyah residents who fled to East Lombok Resort Police Headquarters after their homes in Gereneng Village were destroyed by a group of residents on Saturday (5/19/2018) and Sunday (5/20).
Acting Regent of the East Lombok H Ahsanul Khalik, who was contacted from Mataram on Sunday evening, stressed that the handling of the displaced Ahmadiyah residents had been discussed with the Selong State Prosecutor, the East Lombok Police, and the Military District Command (Kodim) 1615/East Lombok, as well as the regional apparatus organization (OPD) of East Lombok Government.
“We prioritize the handling of basic needs assistance. We will also fulfill the needs of clothing, especially for school-aged children. [We] have coordinated with the Office of Education and Culture,” he said after holding a meeting with East Lombok Regional Leaders Communication Forum (Forkompinda).
In the meeting with Forkompinda of East Lombok Regency, Ahsanul said, it was also discussed about the possibility of local governments in providing financial aid for the repair of damaged houses of Ahmadiyah residents.
“The condition of eight units of destroyed houses has been cleared by the Army, police officers and public security agency officers,” he said, quoted Antara on Monday (5/21).
Furthermore, he added that in the meeting it was also decided to make a circular for the entire community of East Lombok Regency not to do things outside the provisions of the law and to restraint.
Especially for Ahmadiyah people, they are urged not to carry out religious activities based on the ideology they believe in, until the situation is under control and joint solution can be found through mediation at the headquarters of Kodim 1615 of East Lombok, in the near future.
Ahsanul also confirmed that the handling of legal process by the East Lombok Police has been done. A total of 12 Ahmadiyah residents have been questioned.
East Lombok police officers are also conducting identification against the perpetrators of the destruction. But the process cannot be done immediately because the destruction was allegedly done by many people in one village.
“For the time being, the conduciveness in the region and the handling of our brothers in the shelter becomes priority, they must be protected and their needs must be fulfilled,” he said.