Kama crowd back when it was called Zanzibar, the last time I went there
You’re honestly in more danger at an expensive Sri Lankan nightclub than in the depths of any slum. In the worst Colombo neighborhood people generally reserve violence for friends and family and fear the law. In Colombo nightclubs you’re generally OK, but since the war days spoilt brats have been popping off guns or thrashing people, harassing women, whatever. There’s also a growing and increasingly inebriated class of political and business scions who haven’t been raised by their parents and are largely outside of the law. And that doesn’t even start on the bouncers.
I hate clubs, so perhaps I’m biased, but this latest incident at Kama is pretty obviously bad. Note that everything mentioned is alleged. Perhaps the real story is different, but someone did get beaten up pretty bad:
The club’s bouncers who acted as private security personnel had allegedly taken the law into their hands and mercilessly beaten the young student, forcing him down a flight of stairs, according to eyewitnesses.
The student had pleaded with the manager who was standing outside the club to stop the assault.
According to eyewitnesses the manager had then taken the boy to the car park at the rear of the club and directed the bouncers to continue with the assault.
It was also revealed that Kama Colombo, allegedly managed by a nephew of a top business magnate formerly involved in the Casino and Nightclub trade, did not possess a valid liquor license.
“They have closed down the club, and they did not possess a valid liquor license. These aspects will be looked into,” The Police said. (Daily Mirror)
I called Kama and they said they’re closed for renovations till next Friday, presumably renovations would include a liquor license. Kama has a bit of a reputation for violence. I don’t know if all the stories are true. But a friend of mine was assaulted there by some dude and then the owner and bouncers piled in for fun. It’s a weird scene. And by weird I mean terrible.
All these casino nightclub types are connected so I don’t see this going anywhere but in circles, but it’s still fun to see the Daily Mirror give the people their brief taste of justice before things return to normal.