A new security operation dubbed "Ramadania"—involving 92,000 police personnel all across Indonesia—will run during Ramadan and Idul Fitri, National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar announced in Jakarta on Tuesday (14/06). (Antara Photo/Dewi Fajriani)

Operation 'Ramadania' to Keep Country Safe During Ramadan and Idul Fitri: Police

BY :FAROUK ARNAZ & EKO PRASETYO

JUNE 15, 2016

Jakarta. A new security operation dubbed "Ramadania"—involving 92,000 police personnel all across Indonesia—will run during Ramadan and Idul Fitri, National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar announced in Jakarta on Tuesday (14/06).

From July 1 to 15, the operation will focus on preventing violent incidents like last year's mosque burning in Tolikara, Papua.

“The goal is to maintain religious harmony. Local administrations have been tasked with developing an Interfaith Harmony Forum [FKUB],” Boy said.

The police will deploy additional security personnel on the last night of Ramadan before Idul Fitri, when streets are filled with crowds chanting the takbir.

“We will assist with security on that night, especially in places like Tolikara. [The current situation] there is quite safe, let's keep it that way,” Boy said.

New spirit

The new name "Ramadania" replaced the annual security operation's previous name "Operasi Ketupat ["Rice Cake Operation"]."

“The new name means safe and peaceful,” Boy said, adding that the police also intends to reduce the number of road accidents during mudik, the annual exodus when Muslims return to their hometowns.

The police will apply selective road closures on busy mudik routes—especially on Java's numerous toll roads—to divert some of the traffic to alternative routes running along the island's south coast.

The police hopes this will reduce traffic congestion at Cipali toll road on the north coast of Java, notorious for its traffic gridlocks—some lasting for days—during mudik.

Boy also encouraged mudik travelers not to ride their motorcycles and catch buses, trains or ships instead. “Long trips on motorcycles during busy mudik times are incredibly dangerous,” Boy said.

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