Authorities in Jambi province raided a student leavers party held at the hall of a local official’s office, which has led to the arrest of the party organizer.
The rave, which featured a live DJ and was absolutely bouncing by many accounts, was held on Saturday evening following the students’ farewell event held at the office of the Tanjung Jabung Barat regent. With videos from the party broadcast on social media, police were able to locate and disperse the students at around 11pm.
At least 20 people, including the party’s organizers, were taken to the Tanjung Jabung Barat Police HQ for questioning.
Tanjung Jabung Barat Police Chief Guntur Saputro said police forcibly put a stop to the party because it was a “shameful activity.” The person in charge of organizing the event, identified by his initials RC, has been criminally charged.
“We have named [someone from the] event organizer as a suspect, because the party has violated Article 160 from the Criminal Code (KUHP) and/or the Health Quarantine Law,” Guntur said yesterday, describing charges for incitement to commit a crime, which is punishable by up to six years in prison.
As the event was held at the regent’s office, police also questioned the regency’s COVID-19 task force and the administrator of the venue.
“Students who attended the event will be taking antigen swab tests. We will also build their mentality by having them participate in an Islamic studies course in early Ramadan,” Guntur said.
The recently-elected Tanjung Jabung Barat Regent Anwar Sadat had expressed his disappointment over the incident, especially due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to reports, Anwar intends on revoking the event organizer’s permit on the basis that they brought shame on the regency.