83 Arrested So Far over Temple Riot, 28 More Witnesses Sought

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Suspects taken to temple to facilitate police probe.

A total of 83 people have been arrested in connection with the fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ 25, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

He revealed that the police were actively hunting other suspects, including witnesses sought by the Bukit Aman CID.

“As of 8am on Tuesday (Dec 4), a total of 83 men have been detained to assist investigations into the trouble at the temple.

“We are still investigating and those who broke the law will be detained,” he told a press conference.

All those detained were locals.

On Monday, Bukit Aman CID issued and distributed pictures of 28 witnesses wanted to assist investigations into the temple fracas.

“We hope those required by CID will come forward as soon as possible.

“We cannot estimate how many more will be arrested because it depends on the investigation,” the IGP said.

He added that the situation at the temple was under control, with police officers and personnel from the General Operations Force and Federal Reserve Unit stationed there to monitor the area.

He also advised the people to be responsible when disseminating information through social media.

“The problem is when a video which is not related at all is made viral and linked to the temple incident. There have also been statements from certain quarters, in the country and abroad, which have caused uneasiness.

“I hope all quarters will be responsible and not make the situation worse,” he said.

Yesterday, several suspects were brought to the temple to facilitate police investigations.


They arrived in a bus at about 12.45pm, clad in lock-up attire and escorted by police officers. They left at about 1.10pm.