Magelang. After investigating two crop circles in Yogyakarta last week and concluding that they were man-made, the National Space and Aviation Agency does not plan to investigate a third batch found in Magelang, Central Java, over the weekend.
But local police have called for the agency, known as Lapan, to send its men to inspect the most recent crop circles and make a proper scientific analysis.
Adjunct Comr. Slamet Riyadi, chief detective of the Magelang district police, said there had been no signs of tampering at the scene.
“The crop circles were probably indeed man-made,” he said.
“However, we do not have the capacity to make any conclusions; we only reconstructed the scene and found no suspicious objects in it — no holes, nor signs of a pole or stick being stuck into the ground.”
Sri Kaloka Prabotasari, head of the agency’s Center for Applied Sciences, said conclusions about Magelang’s crop circles could be drawn by looking at the photographs that had been circulating on the Internet and aired by television stations.
“The pattern of the latest crop circle find is much simpler than the first in Sleman, but slightly more complicated than the second in Bantul. It would be useless to go to the field, especially since the scene has been damaged by the traces of human feet,” he said on Monday.
Sri said the techniques used to produce crop circles could be easily obtained online.
“Nothing to do at all with a natural phenomenon or astronomical event; nor are they … messages from aliens,” he said.
He said the crop circles were most likely the handiwork of a group of people aimed at causing a stir.
“Not only students can do these things,” he said.
In the center of a crop circle in Sleman, Sri said, an investigator had found a 25-centimeter-deep and 4-centimeter-wide hole, believed to have been made by a pole or a pipe from which a string was attached to make a circle.
In Magelang, five circles of various sizes were found in a rice field belonging to Muhammad Yasin, an 80-year-old Muslim cleric and founder of the Hidayatul Mubtadiin Islamic boarding school.
Police have questioned five witnesses including two students from the boarding school who were the first to notice the crop circles on Saturday.
Yasin’s son, Muhammad Kahfi, said the students at the boarding school should not be distracted by the findings and should focus on their studies.