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Jakarta Post

Bekasi Police prohibit 'sahur on the road'

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17, 2018   /   12:52 pm
Bekasi Police prohibit 'sahur on the road' People join a "takbir" torch and lantern parade to welcome Idul Fitri in Kampung Sewu, Solo, Central Java on June 24, 2017. (Antara/Maulana Surya)

Bekasi Police in West Java have banned “sahur [predawn meal] on the road” convoys and group activities due to security concerns during the fasting month.

"We highly recommend that you do not conduct sahur on the road. Just don't. If it is aimed at waking up people, there are many other ways [to do it]," Bekasi Police chief Sr. Comr. Indarto said on Thursday as quoted by

Indarto argued that based on past incidents, these activities often lead to brawls and other disturbances in which teenagers throw fireworks at each other.

"There is a potential for conflict, so it would be best not to conduct sahur on the road and just have your sahur at home," he said, adding that activities to wake up residents for sahur at kampungs were still allowed.

Thursday marked the first day of Muslims fasting for Ramadhan. (fac)