A man was found dead and pinned under a motorcycle on a rice field in Tojan village, Klungkung Regency yesterday. Police suspect that he fell down onto the field and died due to exhaustion.
According to Klungkung Police Chief I Nyoman Suparta, the body, who has been identified as belonging to 50-year-old Muslim from the West Nusa Tenggara capital of Lombok, was first discovered by a farmer who was on his way to the rice field.
Klungkung Police’s Crime Unit Chief Dewa Nyoman Agusman added that before he was found dead, Muslim was seen going back and forth to Watu Klotok beach. Police said they understood that Muslim sold stickers on the street to make ends meet, but he was recently selling roasted corn on the beach during Banyu Pinaruh (a self-cleansing ritual that takes place on Sunday after the Saraswati celebrations), which usually draws worshippers and tourists to the area.
“The victim was going back and forth the Watu Klotok beach to prepare for his [roasted corn] stall. When he fell down, he didn’t bring his goods so we believe that he was on his way home after preparing for his stall,” Agusman told Radar Bali yesterday.
Agusman said Muslim is believed to have fallen into an irrigation channel in the rice field after he lost control of his motorcycle. The accident likely occurred at around 4pm while nobody was around in the area, and his body was taken to the hospital some two-and-a-half hours later.
There are no suspicions of foul play in Muslim’s death.
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