Kediri Police Beat the Wrong Man in Drug Raid
Kediri. Mintoro and his family were preparing to go to his local mosque for Idul Fitri celebrations in Selosari village in the Kediri district of East Java, when a group of police officers broke down the door and beat him. But they had the wrong man, and now Mintoro is suing the local police.
“I have forgiven [them], but I want the case to be legally processed,” Mintoro said on Monday as quoted by Antara news agency.
On Sunday morning, Mintoro’s door came crashing down, and seven police officers, led by Adj. Insp. Sugeng, rushed into the house, insisting Mintoro show them where he was hiding his narcotics.
Shocked, Mintoro told the police he had no idea what they were talking about. One of the officers hit Mintoro in the face, knocking out two of his teeth. The family said that officers also pointed a gun at Mintoro and his wife Yuni.
“And I was still resting after undergoing surgery recently,” Mintoro said.
Mintoro’s neighbors heard the chaos, and decided to call local authorities, who was likely either the neighborhood unit chief, an unofficial position, or the urban ward chief, who issues identity cards. Some neighbors also went to Mintoro’s house and asked the police who they were searching for.
The Police, as it turned out, were looking for a drug dealer named Heru. When Mintoro showed them his identity card, the officers realized they had the wrong man.
Neighbors were reportedly so outraged that they effectively held the police hostage at Mintoro’s house, and were almost attacked by the increasingly angry mob when provost officers of the Kediri police arrived.