Indonesia closes down 23 illegal gold mining holes in Bogor

Indonesian military personnel closing an illegal gold mining hole during a joint operation within the area of Mount Pongkor in Bogor regency, West Java, on Feb 1, 2020. - Picture courtesy of Bogor Police

BOGOR, West Java (The Jakarta Post): A joint operation involving 700 security personnel was held over the weekend to close down 23 holes from illegal gold mining activities within the area of Mount Pongkor in the Bogor regency.

The 700 personnel comprised police officers from the West Java Police, Bogor Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI), local forest police and security personnel of diversified mining company PT Aneka Tambang (Antam), Bogor Police spokesperson Adj Comr Ita Puspita Lena said.

She said the operation to shut the illegal mining holes was to enforce order and protect the environment, especially following a string of natural disasters in the regency.

The illegal mine holes were mostly located around bushes, each within 5km to 10km from each other, scattered in two different blocks in the mountain area. Authorities had to go up steep hiking trails and cross the river to get to the illegal mining locations, she said.

Thirteen of the 23 illegal mine holes were located in Citorek block, while the remaining 10 were located in Cisuren block, technically within a gold mining area owned by PT Antam.

"Such illegal gold mining activities have damaged the environment and caused natural disasters. They have violated Law No. 4/2009 on mineral resources and coal mining," she said.

Last month, the Bogor Police arrested two people after they were allegedly caught red-handed carrying out mining activities without a permit following an investigation by authorities to find out the cause of massive flooding that struck Sukajaya district in the regency on the first day of 2020.

The police suspected illegal mining activities in Bogor had contributed to the floods, reported.

Pongkor is known to attract miners searching for gold despite their lack of skills and proper tools.

Last year, at least five people died after being buried by landslides at in an illegal gold mining area in Pongkor following hours of heavy downpour. It was not the first fatal incident as 12 miners died in a similar accident in Pongkor in 2015. - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

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