Police Going for Gangsters

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The heat is on for gang leaders and members of the underworld, with the police all set to make more arrests.

  • Crackdown on organised crime, regardless of race
  • ‘Datuk’ leader of Double Seven gang arrested in special operation
  • 29 others detained, believed to be leaders of unregistered NGO suspected with links to the underworld. 

Named “Ops Cantas”, the ongoing nationwide operation targets all active gangster groups, regardless of race, according to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

“You can expect more arrests to happen. (But) it is better for me not to say much on the case to ensure its progress,” he said during a press conference.

On Tuesday, Federal police nabbed the head of the notorious “Double Seven” gang in a special operation.

A man in his 40s, who is a Datuk widely known as “Pak Long” in the underworld, was picked up at his house in Seremban by a team from Bukit Aman’s special unit tasked with countering gang and secret society activities.

Federal police Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh had said the suspect was detained for investigation under the Societies Act.

Police are also investigating Pak Long over another case in Chenderiang, Perak, but no details were revealed.

It was reported that 29 people were detained by the Federal police’s Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism (Stagg) and the state police’s D7 teams in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Malacca.

It is believed that those picked up were leaders of unregistered non-governmental organisations suspected of having links to the underworld.