Pecalang to Join Legian Nightspot Security Screen

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Bali Police chief Sutisna has ordered an immediate and thorough investigation into the fatal Red Room gang assault and said safety and security in the Kuta-Legian-Seminyak entertainment district was paramount.

Police will work with the newly formed Community Partnership Forum (FKPM) and tradition Pecalang village security to stamp out thuggery around evening entertainment venues.

On July 14 a cook at the Red Room, in Jl Dyana Pura, Seminyak, was slashed to death by armed thugs who raided the premises. A security guard who went to the man’s assistance was badly injured.

The incident was the latest in a string of assaults that have blighted the main night-time entertainment district. Most of the trouble is centred on 61 Legian, beside the Bomb Memorial on Jl Legian, where the Sky Garden bar disco complex is sited.

There was a further incident at Sky Garden on July 16, the fourth this year. One intruder was injured – he fell down some stairs – and a security guard was bashed.
Witnesses said at least one of the intruders was armed with a sword. The Red Room attackers also carried swords and heavy metal chains.

The guard was later suspended from duty by Sky Garden management because he had produced a weapon during the incident. It was reported to be a length of wood used at the premises to operate an air conditioner switch.

The man was taken to hospital after the incident but Kuta Police chief Wimboko said at the time this would not hold up the investigation.

In raids following the Red Room incident police seized knives and other weapons from several houses and said they had the name of one of the attackers.

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