Security heightened at Tanah Abang station following destructive passenger behavior at entrance

PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI), the operator of KRL Commuterline, said at least 150 officers are now stationed at the location to oversee orderly conduct, after Commuterline passengers brought down a gate at the station as they crammed their way to enter through the station’s south entrance. Screenshot from Twitter/@vrlivndsyh
PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI), the operator of KRL Commuterline, said at least 150 officers are now stationed at the location to oversee orderly conduct, after Commuterline passengers brought down a gate at the station as they crammed their way to enter through the station’s south entrance. Screenshot from Twitter/@vrlivndsyh

Police and military officers have been deployed to prevent disorderly behavior at Central Jakarta’s busy Tanah Abang train station, following an incident on Monday that saw dozens of passengers jostling to get into the station. 

PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI), the operator of KRL Commuterline, said at least 150 officers are now stationed at the location to oversee orderly conduct, after Commuterline passengers brought down a gate at the station as they crammed their way to enter through the station’s south entrance. 

“To regulate the flow of the passengers with a single access door, PT KCI has deployed 150 officers from TNI, Polri, as well as PT KCI officers consisting of frontliners and the management board,” PT KCI’s spokesperson Anne Purba said in the written statement.

Footage from the incident on Monday has circulated widely on social media, showing crowds of people shoving and scrambling to enter the station, vandalizing the gate as they tried to squeeze through a small gap.

Anne said that the police and military officers will help ensure orderly queues and proper observation of health protocols, adding that passengers are expected to follow the designated flow to prevent passengers from getting stuck on either of the available entrances. 

“For transiting passengers, they are diverted to the south side hall. Passengers who are exiting the station will be diverted through the pedestrian bridge to the north side hall,” Anne said.

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