Thousands of Police officers deployed for Lebaran Day

Posted by David Khoirul

Mudik lebaran idul fitri foto gambar picturesLebaran, or Eid al-Fitr, is coming closer. In certain Southeast asian countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, there's a tradition where a person who works out of town will return home for Eid, and for asking apology to the elders, relatives and neighbors. This tradition is called mudik or pulang kampung, which literally means "returning home."

This annual activity, very often, is dangerous. The number of transportation accidents caused by the hectic traffic is increasing during the mudik period. Thereore, Indonesian government deploys police officers to keep the mudik activities secure.

On the upcoming Lebaran day this year, police is doing an operation called Operasi Ketupat 2010, involving more than 8,000 officers, as The Jakarta Post reported.

The nationwide operation will begin Friday, one week before Idul Fitri starts, and last until Sept. 19, one week after the holiday ends.

"We will take strong action against any criminals who threaten life and property, including those who disrupt traffic, during Idul Fitri," Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Timur Pradopo said Thursday.

Timur said that his officers will be posted at transportation hubs, including Gambir Train Station and Pulogadung Bus Station, as well as tourist spots such as the Ancol Dreamland amusement park and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.

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