An Indian national suspected of links to drug ring operating in Indonesia was gunned down on Tuesday evening after trying to escape arrest.
Earlier, law enforcers arrested the suspect, only identified as Ayangba, at a room in Mitra Bahari Apartment building in North Jakarta, while he was allegedly consuming drugs with his two colleagues, believed to be a Malaysian national named Tan Choo Hee and an Indian national named Wangranyo Kasar.
Top detective Brig. Gen. Armand Depari said that after questioning Ayangba, the police raided City Park Apartment in Cengkareng, North Jakarta, confiscating 23 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as shabu-shabu.
“Afterwards, we were escorting Ayangba, also known as Lauta, to an apartment complex in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, where he allegedly kept more drugs. However, he tried to escape from us,” said Armand.
He explained that Ayangba had asked two policemen escorting him to pull over near the apartment, pretending that he had forgotten the address.
“Suddenly, he began fighting the two officers, attempting to take one of their guns. One of the policemen pointed a gun at him, asking him to surrender, but the suspect decided to run instead,” he said.
He added that Ayangba ignored three warning shots from the police officer and as a result he was shot in the back.
The Indian man was immediately brought to the National Police Sukanto Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, but succumbed to his wounds.
Armand said that investigators were still trying to uncover an international drug network between India, Malaysia and Indonesia, which the police suspected had operated in Jakarta for a long time.
“We have received information that this network sells their drugs in Jakarta and Surabaya, East Java,” said Armand. (asa)