JAKARTA - A top police figure on Indonesia's Sulawesi island is being replaced after a violent police raid on a university protest against the arrest of a militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, officials said Sunday. National Police Chief General Da'i Bachtiar told reporters that South Sulawesi provincial police chief Inspector General Yusuf Manggabarani was being recalled on orders from President Megawati Sukarnoputri.
Saturday's storming of the Indonesian Muslim University in Makassar city that left at least 61 students injured took place after students captured a policeman in a protest against Bashir's arrest in Jakarta the previous day. "Inspector General Yusuf Manggabarani is being pulled to the headquarters and his replacement is Inspector General Saleh Saaf," Bachtiar said. Bachtiar on Saturday had already replaced Makassar City Police Chief Rizal Effendi, East Makassar Police Sector Chief Eko Suprianto and Panakukang Area Police Chief Namora Simanjuntak following the incident.