A total of 26 people have been arrested in Bialla Town following the unrest that occurred almost 2 weeks ago that led to mass panic and distress.
West New Britain Provincial Police Commander, Superintendent Peter Barkie has confirmed that the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) in WNBP conducted the arrests and have successfully detained all 26 suspects as investigations continue.
“Yes, it is a working progress. 26 people have been arrested, this includes a couple of teachers and students.”
According to PPC Barkie, CID Officers are still sifting through evidence and CCTV footage to identify the remaining instigators of the unrest.
He added that with the additional support of a police mobile squad unit in the town, police have made headways into the investigation.
“Due to lack of manpower in Bialla, they were not able to pick up suspects, but with the addition of 30 officers, they should be able to do that.”
Barkie explained that the mobile squad unit will not be dealing with the investigations into the rampage, but will work with local police to maintain law enforcement in town and outstanding issues in Nakanai district.