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Jakarta Post

52 alleged robbers shot by police ahead of Asian Games

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 15, 2018   /   02:04 pm
52 alleged robbers shot by police ahead of Asian Games Police pose for a photo with three alleged members of a network of muggers called Tenda Oranye (Orange Tent) during a press conference at the West Jakarta Police headquarters on July 2. (Tempo/Lani Diana)

Since Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Idham Aziz instructed on July 3 that his team crack down on street crime by taking firm action against robbers in the city, the police have detained 320 people and shot 52. 

Of the 52 alleged robbers who were shot, 11 are dead.

“This is a firm and measured operation against those who retaliated against the officers and put other people in danger,” said Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono as quoted by on Saturday.

Read also: Commentary: Do Asian Games give police license to kill?

From July 6 to 12 alone, Argo said, 1,237 people were put into a rehabilitation program while 247 alleged robbers were arrested in 532 cases of street crime comprising mugging, vehicle theft and home invasion attempts.

The operation is taking place to improve security ahead of the Asian Games and will last until Aug. 3. (vla)