In the Line of Duty

Balinese Policeman Killed in Palu, Central Sulawesi Tsunami Buried in Mass Grave in Sulawesi

The mortal remains of a 32-year-old Balinese policeman, I Gusti Kade Suka Miarta (Gus Mais), one of 9 Balinese police officiers who died in the in the 7.7 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on Friday, September 28, 2018, could not be returned for final disposition and cremation in Bali.

NusaBali reports that Gus Mais, a traffic policeman assigned to serve in Palu, was buried in a mass grave with hundreds of other victim in Palu on Monday, October 1, 2018. On the same day and 1,000 kilometers away, the policeman’s family held a symbolic burial for their son and brother on a beach in Mendoyo, Jembrana.

The Deputy Police Chief for the Jembrana precinct, I Komang Budiartha, said that the police in Bali did all possible to return Gus Mais’ remains to Bali, but were unable to do so due to the advanced state of decomposition of the policeman’s body and the lack of transporation in the midst of the natural disaster.As a result, the National Agency of Disaster Mitigation (BNPB) made the decision to commit the man’s body to a mass grave following a brief Hindu blessing ceremony in Palu.

Brigadier IGK Suka Miarta was the youngest child among the two children of I Gusti Kade Sukadana (57) and I Gusti Ayu Kade Miliasig (63). The 2005 graduate of the Indonesian Police Academy in Singaraja, North Sumatra was assigned as a traffic policeman in Palu, Central Sulawesi.

According to reports from Sulawesi, the young policeman was on duty protecting a public festival in Palu when he was swept away by the tidal wave.

Gus Mais was scheduled to marry a woman from Palu later this year.

IGK Suka Miarta was one of 14 policemen who died in the line of duty during the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. In all, 6 of the policeman who died were from Bali.

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