Thu, 03 Apr 2003

Play dominoes, go to jail

BEKASI: Bekasi subprecinct police confirmed on Tuesday the arrest of a group of reporters from a local tabloid who were allegedly gambling in the Bulak Kapal area late on Monday.

The police declined to reveal their identities, saying that the intelligence unit caught "O.S. and his gang" playing dominoes with money as bet. The police seized the domino cards and the money for evidence.

The police chief Sr. Comr. Bachtiar Hasanudin Tambunan said the force had declared a war on gambling.

"We will eliminate any games which are tainted with gambling, and will bring the perpetrator of the crime to court," he was quoted as saying by Antara.

He also encouraged residents to tip off the police, guaranteeing protection for them.-- JP