JAKARTA – A group of six Singaporean youths were among 35 foreigners rounded up by Indonesian authorities during random raids on nightspots in Batam over the weekend.
The operation, which started on Saturday (April 22) and ended in the early hours of Sunday, was led by local immigration authorities and supported by navy personnel.
The Singaporeans included a 16-year-old and at least three youths, who were on holiday in Batam.
They were among a total of 27 men and eight women – all foreign nationals – who were detained because they could not produce their passports during the raid at Kampung Bule, an entertainment area in Batam where foreigners are known to frequent.
Most of the revellers were released after they were able to retrieve their travel documents from their hotels for verification. A few remain in custody as investigations continue.