Another Phone Tower Wrecked in Bandung: Now Satpol Faces Probe

DENPASAR ~ Mobile phone service provider Telkomsel has reported Badung Satpol (regency security) to police for vandalising telecom-munications towers.

Telkomsel has 10 towers in Badung.

The complaint follows one lodged earlier by Excel, another provider, which named the regent of Badung, AA Gede Agung and the Satpol chief, I Wayan Arnawa Ardi, over damage to two Excel towers.

Lawyers for Telkom-sel, who lodged the latest complaint on Wednesday last week, said wilful damage to the company’s communications towers in Badung had affected service to customers. They said the damage had been done on August 10 by Satpol personnel.

In the earlier Excel complaint, the company said its two damaged towers, at Sangeh and Mengwi, were valued at Rp7 billion (US$703,871).

In its complaint to police this week, Tel-komsel said Satpol personnel had unlawfully dismantled a tower owned by Creative Solusindo PT Pratama and leased by PT Telekomunikasi Seluler (Telkomsel).

Under the Criminal Code (section 406, paragraph 1), it is an offence to cause damage to another person’s property.

Under the Telecom-munications Law (Law No. 36/199) it is an offence to enter a restricted telecom-munications tower area without due authority, to interfere with the equipment or structure, or to cause it not to operate.

Jail terms of up to seven years may be applied to people convicted of causing serious damage to teleco-mmunications towers.

When the earlier Excel complaint was lodged, Bali Police chief Sutisna said it would receive appropriate attention.

“With anyone who is reported, the police must investigate,” he said.

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