Jakarta. Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat have called on the police to investigate an alleged assault on a party official in West Jakarta on Friday evening (06/01).
Ahok said the police will probe the motives of the people who allegedly attacked Widodo, who is an official of the Petamburan branch of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), so that the necessary legal action can be taken.
"The police will investigate the motives. We have handed it over to the police. I don't know how many people [were involved in the assault]. Clearly, the police will process the case," Ahok said after visiting Widodo at Royal Taruma Hospital in West Jakarta on Saturday.
Djarot has meanwhile confirmed that a report of the assault had been filed with the West Jakarta Police.
"The incident has been reported to the police. We asked them for a full investigation," Djarot said.
The deputy governor said he deplored the incident.
He said a group or residents shouted abuse at him and his entourage while he conducted a blusukan, or impromptu visit, in South Jelambar in West Jakarta. However, he said everyone should respect all candidate pairs.
"There should be no intimidation, forceful acts and hate speech. When I went to South Jelambar, there were campaign posters for candidate pair one and three, but I had no problem to pass through the area," he added.
A group of men belonging to an unidentified mass organization allegedly assaulted Widodo after Djarot completed his visit to Petamburan on Friday.
During his visit to the hospital on Saturday, Djarot said Widodo's head and face were still swollen due to the beating.
"We are worried about brain damage. […] There is a possibility that he will have to stay here longer, to let him rest," Djarot said. He added that Widodo's eyes were still shut due to inflammation, as he also sustained a broken nose and fractured ribs.
The deputy governor said the beating was most likely related to the Jakarta gubernatorial election, as the alleged attack occurred in the area where he conducted his blusukan on Friday.