Reports from Papua New Guinea say more than 300 houses belonging to landowners near the Porgera gold mine in Enga Province have been burned down.
The Post Courier newspaper says they were reportedly torched by police deployed in the area to restore law and order.
The newspaper says the Police Commissioner Gari Baki was not aware of the torching and was yet to be briefed by the Operation Ipili commander.
in the district.
The assistant commissioner Raphael Huafolo says a communication breakdown between Porgera and Port Moresby had caused difficulties in getting updates.