KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4, 2015:
Three more cops are in custody over their involvement in a rogue outfit said to specialise in abductions-cum-murder over the past six years.
Three other policemen, who are members of the gang, are currently being held at the Sungai Buloh Prison after they were produced before a magistrate in Selayang two weeks ago to face abduction cum murder charges.
This brings to six the number of cops hauled in as police continue their probe into abductions and murders of individuals, some whose whereabouts remain unknown.
As in previous arrests, police top brass remain tight-lipped over this development, and it cannot be ruled out that others could still be at large.
One of the policemen was attached to the Selangor police headquarters in Shah Alam while the other two are constables.
Sources with knowledge into the police probe disclosed that the arrests led investigators to comb a stretch of backroad between Hulu Langat (Selangor) and Ampangan (Negri Sembilan), where a belt and a pair of designer shoes were recovered.
The men’s apparel was believed to have belonged to missing businessman Dato K. Gobala Guru, who was reported missing following his abduction on Feb 2, 2013 outside a hotel in Jalan Maharajalela.
Despite the discovery of the belt and shoes, no skeletal remains were found over the past 72 hours, as investigators were led to believe that Gobala had been murdered and his body dumped off somewhere along that stretch.
Police returned to the backroad stretch just before noon today to resume their crime scene investigations.
“The main individual behind this rogue cop outfit would seem to have different groups working for him without its members knowing each other,” the source explained.
At present, those held at Sungai Buloh are Inspector Khairul Hafiz Yaacob, Lance Corporals Mohamad Rizal Shaari and Azlan Abdul Kadir (all previously attached with the Ampang police headquarters), Shahrizal Abdullah and Paramaguru Murugiah.
Paramaguru and three others at large were charged with the murder of Manogaran Raja Krishna, while the three cops and civilian were charged with the murder of Ganasan Vyapuri on Aug 22, 2015.
Both the murder victims were last seen alive handcuffed by a group of men, believed to be cops, and escorted away in unmarked vehicles that day.
All five entered a not guilty plea and have been ordered to be remanded at Sungai Buloh until their next scheduled appearance on Nov 27.
The skeletal remains of Manogaran and Ganasan were found in Dengkil, Selangor and Kuala Klawang, Negri Sembilan, and this led to the suspects being charged in court.
In the course of investigations, police learnt the gang could have been linked to numerous other abductions, but what they didn’t expect was the involvement of other constables.