We have deployed some 400 personnel to launch Operasi Pekat (Public Disease Operations) ahead of Ramadhan. 
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The West Jakarta Police has deployed at least 400 personnel to curb illegal liquor circulation and prevent brawl ahead of the holy month of Ramadhan.

“We have deployed some 400 personnel to launch Operasi Pekat (Public Disease Operations) ahead of Ramadhan. They have begun to work,” Chief of the West Jakarta Police, Senior Commissioner Ady Wibowo, informed in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) of the West Jakarta Municipality has also been roped in for the operation. As part of the operation, personnel will comb several locations suspected of selling liquor illegally, he said.

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The police will use an effective and humanistic approach to disseminate information about the dangers of indulging in drunken altercations among the residents of West Jakarta, he added.

“We will approach youths and parents so they will have the awareness to refrain from brawl,” he said.

He expressed the hope that the effort will be able to stem potential criminal offenses, particularly during Ramadhan.

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Earlier, chief of West Jakarta Satpol PP, Tamo Sijabat, had said that his men have begun cracking down on the circulation of liquor in all sub-districts in West Jakarta.

"The raid began today. We combed several areas prone to the circulation of liquor," he added.

The raid was conducted in accordance with the instruction of chief of Jakarta Satpol PP, Arifin, on combating the circulation of liquor during the fasting month.

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