Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Yet Again, Riots Temporarily Halt Jakarta's KRL Train Services



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta’s commuter train services (KRL Commuter Line) was forced to stop its journey this afternoon nearing the Manggarai Station due to a brawl or riot that broke between residents in the area of Manggarai. 

    PT KCI as the train operator announced that it was forced to halt operations of trains heading to Manggarai Station. 

    “We apologize for the interference hampering the KRL’s journey due to a riot between local residents that broke since 18:24 Indonesia Western Times (WIB),” said PT KCI spokesperson Anne Purba in the press release. 

    According to Anne, the commuter lines from Sudirman and Cikini were temporarily halted to guarantee the safety of its passengers. KCI has also mobilized security personnel to secure surrounding areas. 

    As of 19:37 WIB, PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) operation area 1 spokeswoman, Eva Chairunisa, announced that railway operations have returned normal.

    The rioting between residents in the area of Manggarai has been a continuous incident despite the attempts from Police and the Jakarta Administration to calm the situation. It is believed the brawls - that can be traced to decades in Jakarta’s history - are sparked by disputes regarding those who are in control of unofficial parking lots in the area.