14 individuals held over JB petrol station murder


JOHOR BAHRU: Police have detained another man around this city yesterday evening, to assist investigations in the murder case at a petrol station in Taman Pelangi, here last Sunday.

Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said with the latest arrest of a 22-year-old man, a total of 14 individuals involving four women and 10 men aged between 16 and 26 had been picked up over the case.

“We believe with the capture of the 14 individuals, we could solve the case. We are still looking for the remaining members whom we have identified,” he told reporters at Johor police contingent headquarters here yesterday.

Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said so far, police had recorded the statements of eight individuals to facilitate investigations including a witness at the petrol station.

He said police were still checking the background of the victim but initial investigations found the incident was over a feud of the victim’s debt linked to drug trafficking and the victim was also a member of the secret society.

He said three teams from Bukit Aman had been directed to the state to question the suspects and witness.

Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said police were grateful to Singapore Police Force (SPF) for assisting in arrest of seven individuals in the republic.

On the BMW car used in the murder, he said police had yet to recover the vehicle as inspection found the car was carrying a false number plate and the vehicle owner of the original registration number had lodged a police report.

He also confirmed the incident at the petrol station had attracted the attention of the public after the video went viral on social sites but assured security in the state was under control.

In the 7.30am incident last Sunday, the victim in his 40’s died at the scene after being stabbed, knocked down and ran over by a car carrying four men.

The murder took place when the man, who was with his wife, was inflating the tyres of his car.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed the incident was related to a tiff between two secret societies.

Following that, police detained a man and a woman in Penang while four men and three women were nabbed in Singapore on Wednesday with the assistance of SPF.

Four men were picked up early Thursday morning while a 22-year-old man was caught yesterday evening. — Bernama