Bandung residents told to stop New Year celebrations at midnight

National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti (left) inspects a row of police officers during a morning roll call in preparation for Operation Candle, which aims to secure Christmas and New Year celebrations.
PHOTO: The Jakarta Post/ANN

The Bandung Police have told the city's residents and entertainment centre managements to stop New Year's Eve parties at midnight on Friday, warning that the police will enforce the law.

The police's operational division head Adj. Sr. Com. M. Jhoni said all citizens should comply with the law, adding that officers would ask anyone who remained on the streets after midnight to go home.

The police also demanded that all night clubs in Bandung close before midnight.

"Night clubs are not allowed to operate up until the morning. It would be difficult for us to oversee," said Jhoni in Bandung on Tuesday as reported by tempo.co.

Jhoni asserted that the police would impose strict sanctions on night clubs found to have held inappropriate celebrations like exotic dancing or sex parties.

According to Jhoni, the police would deploy 1,749 personnel to areas that were predicted to become centres for celebrations during New Year's Eve, namely Bandung Square, Jl. Asia-Africa, Jl. Pasteur, Jl. Surapati (overpass), Ujung Berung Square, Jl. Riau and Jl. Dago.

Meanwhile, Bandung Police deputy chief Adj. Sr. Com. Gatot Sujono said the police would involve security guards in community units to observe activities on New Year's Eve.

"The purpose is to anticipate parties involving alcoholic beverages in residential areas," said Gatot.

Gatot said that uniformed police officers would patrol places where people congregated and places that frequently held parties featuring alcohol.

"If we find anyone holding a party with alcoholic beverages, we will confiscate [the alcohol]. Then the person will be imposed with light criminal sanctions," Gatot added.

The Bandung Police conducted raids on alcohol sellers from Dec. 22 to 28 and confiscated 4,903 bottles of illegal beverages and 50 jars of ciu (traditional alcoholic beverages).

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