Kedah police detain 260 people in Ops Cantas

ALOR SETAR, Sept 4 — Kedah police detained 260 individuals under the Ops Cantas special anti-crime operation launched on Aug 18.

Kedah CID chief ACP Nashir Ya said of the 260, 165 were Malays, 18 Chinese, 46 Indians and 31 from other races.

“With their arrests, we expect serious crimes and crimes related to gangsterism to further drop in the state,” he told reporters at the Kedah police headquarters here today.

In a related case, Nashir said police siezed five home made air rifles in raid at an unnumbered house in Tanjung Pari, Baling overnight.

He said a man in his 50s was detained in the raid and follow-up investigations led to the arrest of his son, a pharmacy student at a private college in Penang who was believed to responsible for making the guns.

In IPOH, Perak police chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said 123 individuals were detained in the state under the operation.

Speaking to reporters at the Perak police headquarters, he said eight of them were involved in secret society activities while three others were being investigated under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959.

He added that police would step their dragnet to rid the state of criminals.

In KUANTAN, Pahang police chief Datuk Sharifuddin Ab. Ghani, speaking to reporters at an Armed Forces-Police Aidifitri oepn house, said Pahang police would widen their dragnet to bring to book criminals in the state.

Meanwhile, on the latest developments on the Aug 21 Genting bus tragedy, he said only three more bodies had yet to be claimed.

He said police believed they were that of a Nigerian and two Thais and that the the cooperation of their respective embassies had been enlisted regarding the matter.- BERNAMA