The Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, is assuring thousands of angered villagers that those responsible for the death of a young man last week will be brought to justice.
Thousands of Hanuabada villagers converged on police headquarters in the National Capital District on Friday night to protest against the alleged shooting by police.
Commissioner Vaki advised them to present a formal complaint and letter outlining their demands for the police to look into, and said a thorough investigation would be conducted into the killing.
He says those responsible for the death of the man from Hanuabada will be identified and prosecuted and reassured leaders that if police officers were involved in the killing, they will be immediately suspended from duty to face the full force of the law.
Initial reports from villagers allege that the killing occurred after National Capital District Commission reservists stormed into the Hanuabada market to disperse betel nut vendors.
Commissioner Vaki has also issued instructions for the reservists group to be disbanded.