Wed, 10 Aug 1994

Police told to stop knocking in doors

KEBUMEN, Central Java: Tourist officials are appealing to the police to be more discrete in conducting raids against illicit sex at local hotels.

Adiasto Narendroputro, the local tourist office chief, said police should not simply push in doors and storm into rooms, but should ask for permission from the hotel operators to check the rooms.

In one recent raid, police arrested 15 unmarried couples, including teenagers, Antara news agency reported.

"The security approach may be necessary, but the police should act wisely and avoid harming the tourism here," Adiasto said. (par)