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HRD Attack

21 Mar 2020

Aman Suryadi

Incident date
21 Mar 2020
Date accuracy
All Correct
Affected community's leader or member
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: Indonesia
PT Bukit Barisan Indah Permai Indonesia Palm trees & oil
Sawit Mas Group Indonesia
Other actors


Company security guards allegedly killed two farmers from the village, after years of conflict between residents of Pagar Batu village and oil palm plantation company PT Artha Prigel in Lahat regency, South Sumatra. Lahat Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Irwansyah said a security guard, identified as UB, had been named a suspect for allegedly stabbing the two farmers: Putra Bakti and Aman Suryadi. In the morning of March 21, the plantation company moved to evict the villagers from the land. A number of company security guards, allegedly accompanied by police officers carrying rifles, arrived to enforce the eviction. Villagers resisted the forced eviction, and violence broke out between the two groups. In addition to the two farmers who died during the clash, two others, Sumarlin and Lion Agustin were stabbed and suffered severe injuries. PT Artha Prigel is a subsidiary of PT Bukit Barisan Indah Permai of the Sawit Mas Group. BHRRC reached out to the company and its buyers for a response, responses are below.