Mounted police at the 'Operasi Ketupat Candi' launch at the National Monument in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal Lingga)
Police Are Ready for Idul Fitri
BY : ANTARA PHOTO
MAY 29, 2019
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto launched a security operation to keep the country's roads safe during the mudik exodus at the National Monument in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.
Similar operations are organized every year during the Lebaran holiday, when Muslims celebrate Idul Fitri by returning en masse to their hometowns. This year's operation has been dubbed "Operasi Ketupat Candi" ("Temple of Rice Cake Operation").
Rice cakes are a Lebaran delicacy in many parts of Indonesia.
The operation will involve more than 160,000 personnel, comprising more than 93,000 police officers, 13,000 soldiers, 11,000 municipal police and nearly 19,000 ministry staff.
They will be deployed at key points in the long and often arduous mudik journey, including Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, Banten, Lampung, South Sumatera, South Sulawesi, Bali and Papua.