Wednesday, 15 May 2013

CID to deal with recent shootings

Police have formed a special CID task force linked to all state contingents to hunt down those responsible for the recent spate of shooting cases.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said the task force's prime objective was to identify and arrest the criminals.

“The task force will not stop until all the criminals involved in the shooting cases have been detained,” he said yesterday.

Comm Mohd Bakri said Federal Principal Assistant Director of Serious Crime (D9) SAC Datuk Huzir Mohamed would head the task force.

“We will focus our resources on the shooting cases,” he said, adding that the formation of the team showed the force's seriousness in stopping the cases and nabbing those responsible. They would also look into the possibility of the involvement of former Simpang Rengam Emergency Ordinance detainees,” he said.

Comm Mohd Bakri said although the shootings, especially the murder of Customs deputy director-general Datuk Shaharuddin Ibrahim, had caused some degree of fear among the public, people should not speculate on the cases and let the police do the job.

“We want to assure the public that the situation is under control. The police's priority is the safety and security of the people,” he said.

In George Town, Penang police have set up a separate task force to probe a series of shootings, which left at least four people dead over the past five months.

In the latest incident in Bukit Tambun on Sunday night, a motorcycle pillion rider pumped several shots into a car, killing security business owner S. Kanannan, 27, and barber G. Suresh, 28. Two of their friends who suffered serious injuries have been warded at the intensive care unit of the Seberang Jaya Hospital.

Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said state CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah was heading the task force, supported by a team from Bukit Aman.

“We want to determine how the gunmen obtained their firearms.

“We are also closely monitoring recently-released detainees from the Simpang Renggam detention centre in Johor.

“Hopefully, they can provide us with fresh leads to help us speed up investigation,” DCP Abdul Rahim said yesterday.

It is learnt that police are looking at triad links, business rivalries and revenge as motives.


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