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Jakarta Post

Residents shocked over hidden bootleg liquor facility

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:43 am

A large two-story house stands out among smaller houses on the stretch of Jl. Raya By Pass in Cicalengka, Bandung regency, in West Java. Little did the local residents know that the house was not only a residence but also the alleged factory for the bootleg liquor behind the recent cases of fatal poisoning hitting the province.

Local resident Jajang, 43, was among those who had gathered in front of the sealed off house, as police personnel searched the residence amid ongoing investigations on oplosan, or fatal bootleg liquor, that had claimed at least 61 lives in West Java.

Jajang said most people did not know that the house had been used as a factory, nor that the house’s owner was the same person who allegedly owned a small kiosk that sold liquor for Rp 20,000 (US$1.45) per bottle. The kiosk, located some 300 meters from the house, had also been sealed with police tape....