The police went after the gangs in their massive Ops Cantas Khas crackdown, now the gangsters are turning on the cops.
Two suspected gang members on a motorcycle threw a Molotov cocktail near the gate of the main entrance of the Kuala Muda district police headquarters at about 3.30am today.
The Star reported that according to a police source, a policeman on sentry duty saw two men on a yellow motorcycle trying to hang a banner on the gate.
When he approached them, the duo fled on their motorcycle but not before hurling a Molotov cocktail at the entrance, leaving a black scorch mark on the road.
The policeman later found a banner that included the words “last warning for PDRM”, believed to be in relation to a recent crackdown on gang members in the state.
Yesterday, the Kedah police confirmed the arrest of another member of a secret society, bringing to 17 the number of people suspected of being triad members in the state.
State Criminal Investigation Department head SAC Mior Farid Al-Athrash Wahid said the latest suspect, who is from Kedah and in his 30s, was arrested in Kuala Lumpur.
The suspect was arrested for alleged involvement in organised crime and drug-related offences.
On the 16 previously detained, the suspects, aged between 20 and 50, were arrested in several locations in Sungai Petani under ‘Ops Cantas Khas’ which was carried out in Kedah, Penang and Selangor during which a total of 62 people were arrested.
It is learnt that the detained gang members, who are from underworld groups such as Gang 36, Gang 24, Gang 18 and Gang 04 – which have been banned by the Home Ministry – were behind the recruitment of students at several secondary schools, especially in Sungai Petani and Klang.
The 62 suspects are on the police wanted list for a string of offences, including rioting and assault, and also serious crimes such as drug trafficking and murder.
Bukit Aman deputy CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said some were on the police’s “most wanted list”.
He said those arrested would be detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 for 28 days.
“We are gathering evidence and are looking to charge them with being a part of organised crime,” he said, adding that more arrests were expected.
Early this month, police vowed to intensify their nationwide crackdown on gangsters, regardless of affiliations or connections.
Bukit Aman Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division (D7) principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Rohaimi Md Isa said that between January and Jul 5, about 770 triad members had been detained. A total of 92 has been charged in court.