Drug Raid Triggers Bali Prison Riot
A prison riot broke out at Kerobokan Penitentiary in Denpasar, Bali after dozens of angry inmates wreaked havoc during a drug raid conducted by prison officials and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) on Saturday.
The riot started at 1 a.m. after BNN’s officers, with the prison director, Siswanto, started sweeping cells looking for drugs.
BNN and the prison officials aimed to catch a suspected drug lord who is alleged to run his business from the prison red-handed.
“Based on the information given by a drug suspect in Jakarta, there is an inmate here who is part of his network,” Siswanto told news portal Detik.com.
The suspect, Hariadi, is a former member of the National Police’s elite counterterrorism squad Densus 88.
The drug raid did not end well after inmates attacked officers and hurled things at them. They also broke down the gates of three cell blocks, damaged the prison head’s office, burned down the canteen and smashed all the windows.
Siswanto was hurt in the attack but he managed to escape. He was later evacuated to Sanglah Hospital for treatment.
The riot ended two hours later after hundreds of police officers arrived and took control of the chaotic situation.
“I only sustained minor injuries,” Siswanto said. “I will coordinate with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights as soon as possible to take necessary actions after this incident.”