TransJakarta Vandalism Continues With 3 More Attacks

By webadmin on 08:39 pm Aug 16, 2012
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Bayu Marhaenjati

Three TransJakarta bus stops were vandalized early on Thursday morning, following attacks on at least nine other stops over the past two weeks.

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said the Jamsostek, Kuningan Barat and Pancoran Barat stops, all on Jalan Gatot Subroto, were attacked on Thursday.

He said the attacks took place at about 1 a.m., when the stops were closed. The glass panes of all three shelters were badly damaged.

“They aimed at the busway shelter glass panes,” he said. “All parts of the panes are cracked, so they’re no longer usable.”

He added that the police were still investigating the incident and searching for the perpetrators. Four TransJakarta officers have been questioned as witnesses.

Earlier on Aug. 4, seven TransJakarta stops along Jalan M. T. Haryono, which connects East and South Jakarta, were shot at with an air gun at about 11:30 p.m. The culprits reportedly fired metal pellets at the stops while driving at high speed, shattering glass as they went.

The bus stops were empty and no one was injured. The police have yet to find the culprits.

On Tuesday, the police also arrested four drunk men, including two university students, after they hurled bottles at a TransJakarta shelter in Cakung, East Jakarta, and another one in Sunter, North Jakarta.

The four are currently still in police detention. They have allegedly abused Article 170 of the Criminal Code, which rules on vandalism and carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.