Most Gangsters Arrested By PDRM In The Latest Ops Are Young People

The arrests were made under Ops Cantas Khas 2 which was launched on 6 August.

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The Perak police force has arrested a total of 71 individuals in the Ops Cantas Khas 2 for being involved in various violent offences

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The arrests were made over a period of 13 days, from 6 till 19 August. Ops Cantas Khas 2 was launched on 6 August for indefinite period of time to weed out criminals and eradicate gangsterism in the country.

The operation was successfully conducted in Ipoh with 12 officers and 60 members from the state police department deployed to various districts in the state, including Sungai Siput, Ipoh, Teluk Intan, Manjung, and Taiping.

Perak Criminal Investigation Department head Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Gan Tian Kee, said that the suspects are aged between 17 and 60.

These criminals have actively been part of heinous crimes like murder, robbery, extortion and drug trafficking.

Perak Criminal Investigation Department head Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Gan Tian Kee holding the samurai sword confiscated during the Ops Cantas Khas 2 in Perak.

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"We have evidence of their involvement and they will be brought to court soon and charged.

"Those who escaped will surely be hauled in. There won’t be any further warning. If you’ve committed a crime, you will be arrested," added Gan, as reported by The Malay Mail Online, today, 26 August.

It was reported that dangerous weapons like machetes, knives, a samurai sword and a fake pistol too were seized during the arrests and operation.

While there were no shootouts or reports of members of the public being harmed, Gan did say that two reports of gang members threatening the police officers had been lodged.

The Perak police department has identified a total 32 triads in the state and Gan said most of these gangsters are young adults, from the ages of 20 till 30.

He said that the most influential triads in the states were from Gang 04, 08, and 36.

From the beginning of the year till now, 75 individuals were investigated under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) 1959.

When asked on why there were many youngsters joining triads, Gan said the young today were easily influenced.

Meanwhile, in Selangor, the state police department has arrested 137 criminals tied to various offences like theft, criminal intimidation, cheating, and intentionally causing injury with dangerous weapons

Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali said that the operations are mainly focused on entertainment outlets and illegal parking sites, as reported by New Straits Times on 9 August.

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"About 76 among the individuals arrested were screened through their tattoos," said Selangor deputy police chief DCP Datuk Mohd Fuad Abd Latiff, adding that based on the tattoos, some of these detainees are believed to be part of triads like Gang 36, Gang 04 and Gang Satu Hati, as reported by The Sun Daily on 22 August.

"The operations would be ongoing until the police are satisfied that the incidences of violent crimes and gang related crimes have decreased," he added.

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