Badili and Town Police here in the nation’s capital are closely monitoring a very tense situation, after clashes between the villagers from Pari and Wanigela Koki this morning.
Shift Supervisor, Senior Constable Pios Moses of the Badili Police station stated that units were dispatched to quell the tensions after 8 truckloads of men, presumably from Wanigela, attempted to attack Pari Village, armed with a variety of weapons.
Snr. Constable Moses said that the fight was caused when a Wanigela man married to a woman from Pari was attacked by boys from the village and injured with a slingshot.
“He was on his way home and a few drunk men from the village attacked him and hit him with a projectile from a slingshot, which tore the flesh from his head. The matter was reported to the station this morning and dispatched men to the Pari road just in the nick of time to dissuade the Wanigela contingent from attacking the village,” Moses said.
As a direct result of the altercation, a member of the group that attacked the Wanigela man is now fighting for his life in the intensive care unit at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
Police units from both Town and Badili are on site and monitoring the village to ensure the safety of the public and villagers.
The Snr Constable also said that they have identified the instigators of the conflict and they are working closely with the Pari Village councilor to apprehend the suspects.