Indonesian farmer, mistaken for wild boar, shot to death by hunters

Illustration. Photo: Shutterstock
Illustration. Photo: Shutterstock

Police in Banjarnegara regency, Central Java arrested two boar hunters in connection to the death of a 51-year-old farmer named Triantoro.

According to local police, the two hunters, identified by their initials AS (45) and AK (32), were looking for wild boars near Triantoro’s farm on Saturday. At the same time, Triantoro was tending to his crop.

“The culprit aimed and shot their rifle at what they thought was a boar, but when they checked out [their kill], it turned out to be the victim. The victim was squatting and surrounded by bushes [when he was shot],” Banjarnegara Police Chief Aris Yudha Legawa told Kompas.

The hunters moved Triantoro’s body to a more secluded area of the farm and covered him with leaves before running away. Triantoro’s son later found the body and alerted the local police.

Police then arrested AS and AK and found a .218 caliber hunting rifle believed to be used in the alleged murder. The suspects told the police that they borrowed the rifle from a fellow hunter. The police are looking into whether or not the original owner has a license to own the rifle.

AS, who police determined was the one who shot the rifle, was charged with unlawful use of a firearm and murder. He may face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Meanwhile, AK was only charged with unlawful use of a firearm, but could also face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

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