- Factory worker died after being bitten by a crocodile in Indonesia
- After his funeral, a 600-strong mob took vengeance upon captive crocodiles
- The mob killed about 300 crocodiles to avenge their colleague’s death
A 600-strong mob has reportedly killed 300 crocodiles in vengeance after one of the reptiles killed a factory worker in Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia.
Sugito, who worked at a tofu factory was looking for grass to feed his cattle on Saturday, July 14, when he was bitten by a crocodile, Daily Mail reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Sugito’s screams alerted a local resident who “heard him shouting for help but [he] was found dead.”
After local villagers attended his funeral on July 14, around 600 people armed themselves with sharp implements and descended upon a crocodile farm, owned by Albert Siahaan, to avenge his death.
The bloody attack resulted in 292 baby and larger crocodiles, up to two metres in length, hauled from their water-filled enclosures and hacked to death with hoes, picks and other sharp tools.
They were attacked with sharp implements including hoes, machetes and knives.
Up to 40 police officers tried to stop the slaughter but were outnumbered by the angry mob.
"We couldn’t do anything. The situation was so tense," Sorong police chief, Dewa Made Sutrahna, was quoted to have said.
While no arrests were made, the farm’s owner and four other people were reportedly questioned by police, with officers suggesting that a security guard might have a negligence charge brought against him.
Basar Manullang, head of West Papua Natural Resources Conservation Agency, criticised the cruel revenge, saying: "The crocodile slaughter violated the law on destroying others’ property."
He said the crocodile farm was lawfully run, as it had an official permit issued by the Environment and Forestry Ministry.
“The permit is legal and the process [to obtain it] in Jakarta took a long [time]. There were steps and requirements to meet and it was under the authority of the local government.
“The crocodile slaughter is obviously against the law.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that a hunter in Ondo identified as Ajala killed an elephant in a forest in Idanre, Ondo state.
The hunter was seen posing by the elephant with a rifle. Comments under the post on Facebook revealed the elephant used to destroy crops in the state.
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