A 53-year-old man named Ketut Budi Arjana (Kawi) has been fined by authorities for organizing rooster fights during the partial lockdown in Buleleng, Bali.
The Head of Military Base 1609/Buleleng, Leutenant Colonel M. Windra Lisrianto confirmed that Arjana was fined USD 70 (IDR 1 million) and was instructed to wear a medical protective suit by authorities. “Arjana was punished after violating the partial lockdown’s policy by organizing a rooster fighting tournament in Buleleng on Wednesday (28/7).” Lisrianto said. An investigation began when the authority witnessed a citizen who was carrying a rooster inside a special bag on a public road in Buleleng..
After following the man, authorities found the location where the suspect held the tournament in Keyuputih Village, Buleleng. “When we arrived at the scene around 1:45pm, the participants immediately ran away from the authorities. We managed to detain one man who is suspected as the organizer of this event.” Lisrianto added.
Authorities forced the man to wear a protective suit for 2 hours to display to the community that the emergency lockdown must be followed. After that, authorities took Arjana to the Buleleng Police Department along with 2 roosters as evidence. During the interrogation, Arjana admitted that he was forced to create the event in order to provide for his family, especially during these hard times as he was unable to find a proper job.
Lisrianto reminds the community of the importance of following the governments instruction during this level 4 partial lockdown in Bali. “We have already warned everyone to stop creating these events during the partial lockdown, but apparently they have continued anyways. We will take bigger actions if we still find offenders in accordance with the government’s instructions to handle the Covid-19 pandemic in our area.” Lisrianto concluded.
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