Tougher Checks on Traffic, Chemicals in Post-Bomb Clampdown
DENPASAR ~ Bali Police have tightened controls on stocks of chemicals and businesses that store them in large quantity, and implemented stricter checks on cars and other vehicles entering tourist areas, as part of a tougher security drive following the Jakarta bombings.
Vehicles selected for inspection at checkpoints now get a thorough going-over, including all luggage or goods on board.
Checks last week included operations at Simpang Segara at Sanur, Ubung in Denpasar and the access road to the port at Benoa. Other traffic is diverted from secured areas if necessary.
Police say no suspicious goods or individuals have been found so far.
Police are now overseeing all sales of chemicals that could be used to make bombs and which are widely available for legitimate use, in Bali and throughout Indonesia.
Denpasar Police chief Gede Alit Widana said on Monday: “I have been ordered to oversee stores that sell chemicals. Every record of purchase of chemical materials must include the identity of the buyer, the purpose for which it is being bought and the quantity and type of chemical, especially if they buy in large quantity,” he said.
Sales of certain classes of chemicals were already supervised under rules in place before the July 17 bombings that killed seven people and the two suicide bombers.
But in the security clampdown that has followed, the rules are being very strictly enforced.
Police in East Denpasar are closely monitoring a big chemical store on Jl. Kepundung, the largest in the city.
The island-wide clampdown is backed by tighter security at the ferry port of Gilimanuk, which handles passenger and vehicle traffic from Java.
On Lombok last weekend, police mounted a security operation in the tourist centre of Senggigi, checking the readiness and security awareness of venues.
Lombok’s ferry port of Lembar, like Padangbai in Bali, is also under increased security.Filed under: Headlines