Police demand clarity over Tanah Abang closure

image source : JP/Rifky Dewandaru

The Jakarta Police have demanded that the city administration show them the grand design of the Tanah Abang area in Central Jakarta, in the latest development in a prolonged dispute centering on the closure of Jl. Jatibaru Raya.

The decision of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to close the road to accommodate street vendors in December has faced strong opposition, prompting him to be reported to the police for alleged maladministration.

The police also previously urged the administration to revoke the policy, arguing it would only worsen what was already heavy gridlock.

Jakarta Police special crimes head Sr. Comr. Adi Deriyan Jayamanta demanded that the administration submit a study it conducted on the area. He said such documents were important as they would allow his force to determine whether violations of the law had taken place.

“Everyone from the administration says that the policy is based on a study, so we want to see the study. It’s as simple as that,” he said at the Jakarta Police headquarters on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

He said that after reviewing the study, the police would question the experts or related parties involved in the study as part of their investigation into the case.

Anies was reported to the police last month by Cyber Indonesia.

The Jakarta representative of the Ombudsman announced on Monday that four cases of alleged maladministration had occurred as a result of the closure policy, namely incompetency, deviation of procedure, neglect of legal obligations and unlawful actions. (fac)

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