POLICE in Central Islands province (CIP) have arrested seven men on Tuesday this week for allegedly being involved in various crimes at Kalan Logging Camp close to Ale village in West Russell Islands.
The arrests were made after a joint police operation between Tulagi and Yandina officers.
It is alleged the men were armed with weapons such as knives and intimated the employees of Kalan Logging Company.
They also allegedly damaged the company’s properties, put up road blocks and participated in an unlawful public gathering on April 9, 2018.
It is further alleged, the men were angry the company operated on their land and also polluted their water source.
Provincial Police Commander (PPC), CIP, Superintendent Patricia Leta says, “The seven suspects are currently in police custody and will be processed for court in due course.
“I appeal to the community at Ale in the Russell Islands and as well as across the rest of the CIP not to take the law into your hands and but must think carefully before doing any act that may amount to a criminal activity.
“The police will take stern action if anyone is found to have committed any criminal act.
“Logging issues will always cause problems between disputing parties but involving in criminal activities will not solve your problems.
“Let me remind you, there are procedures and avenues provided by law to go about your grievances.
“You are encouraged to channel your claims through the Environmental Health for alleged pollution of water and land ownership claim through the courts – either local or the magistrate court or High Court of Solomon Islands.”