Mourning relatives of terrorist attack victim evicted from rented home

Mourning relatives of terrorist attack victim evicted from rented home
Members of the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team take documents after they carried out identification work to the victims of a terrorist attack that struck Jakarta on Jan. 14, leaving eight people, including four of the attackers, dead.
PHOTO: The Jakarta Post/ANN

While relatives of Rais Karna, a civilian who died in a terrorist attack in Jakarta on Thursday, were still mourning his death, they were informed they were not allowed to continue occupying their rented house.

The house owner, who apparently thought that Rais was a terrorist, gave Leili Herlina, Rais' wife, and two of her children - 5-year-old Siti Ataya Ramadhani and 2-year-old Keyanu Aprilia - three days to leave their home on Jl. Ken Arok, Bojong Gede, Bogor, West Java.

"For the time being, the wife and two children of Rais have to live with me," said Neneng, Rais' mother, who wept while speaking to kompas.com on Monday.

According to Neneng, her son had always paid the rent on time.

Rais was one of four civilians who were killed because of explosions and gunfire on Jl. M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Jan. 14.

Before his death on Sunday, Rais was hospitalised for several days because of a gunshot wound to his head.

The 60-year-old Naneng stressed that her son was not a terrorist, but a victim in the tragedy.

Similarly, Mujiono, a neighbour of Rais, confirmed that the house's owner was not allowing the bereaved family to continue occupying the house.

He deplored the actions of the landlord, saying that there was no reason to ban the Rais family from living in the rented house.

"I was surprised that Rais' family is not allow to live in the house. Rais was a good person. He was not a terrorist. The house owner should have understood and not expelled [them]," Mujiono added.

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