by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
A local business in Hanuabada suffered over K900, 000 in damages, to its properties.
The 3 Suns Limited was ransacked by angry Hanuabada villagers over a misunderstanding of finding confiscated betel nut bags.
The Managing Director for 3 Suns, Troy Tetley, who is a Motu Koitabuan said, they were surprised when villagers entered their yard. He said the villagers attacked their properties after police confiscated their betelnut bags in dinghies, under the cover of darkness.
Tetley said, the villagers thought that the police, after confiscating their betelnut bags, had left the bags in his yard.
Two policemen were also present during the commotion, and fired warning shots, but were stoned by villagers.
Mr Tetley also called for regular police patrol in the area since it has become a hotspot in the city.
One of 3 Suns Limited’s subsidiaries, Askopina, has a contract with NCD for the retail sale of betelnut in the nation’s capital.
Mr Tetley said, the village of Hanuabada still needs police presence as lawlessness is on the rise.
EM TV understands that police have shown limited presence in conducting patrols in Hanuabada after the shooting of two men earlier this year.