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Highlands Highway Cut Off for Two Days

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The National Highlands Highway has been cut off for two days as angry tribesmen of the two cops who were shot dead in Wabag, are staging a roadblock.

The tribesman of Late Jimmy Golang of Jiwaka and Alex Kopa of Chimbu, are staging the roadblock to demand justice for the pair.

They said this is their last resort after exhausting other possibilities, demanding K28 Million from the State in a compensation claim.

The roadblock will last for an indefinite period until the National Government and Enga Provincial Government including other authorities responsible gives the families of the two Cops a favourable response.

So far eight highway trucks belonging to Post PNG, Trans-wonderland, Mapai and few others are being locked away at the roadblock in Jiwaka Province.

There are three sets of road blocks, one in Chimbu and two in Jiwaka.

The Jiwaka and Chimbu tribesman of the two Cops resorted to setting up roadblocks after receiving no response from the Government on their demands.

They demanded in their petitions, a K28 Million in compensation for the murder of their sons.

K10 Million each from Enga Provincial Government, K2 Million each from Electoral Commission, and K2 Million each from the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

However, they say these demands are negotiable and can be reduced to a reasonable price if the Government comes down and talks with them.

The families have also blamed the Police Commissioner. They said six weeks have passed without any word or talks with the Police Department.

They said those trucks which have been confiscated will not be vandalised or damaged, and the travelling public who will walk across the roadblock will not be attacked.

They are blocking the road to get the State’s attention.

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