MIRI: Police have arrested nine men including the proprietor of an entertainment outlet in Sepupok Niah for allegedly attacking an Indonesian man who was found unconscious at a roadside adjacent to an oil palm plantation in Bekenu on Wednesday (Aug 11).
All the men, five of whom are Indonesians, were rounded up by the police during an operation codenamed ‘Ops Cantas’ carried out on Wednesday night till Thursday afternoon.
District police chief ACP Hakemal Hawari said the suspects, aged between 22 to 35 years are currently being detained for questioning over the attack incident.
During the arrest, police also seized several items from the suspects including a machete, a butcher knife, a small Indonesian curved knife resembling a claw, shotgun bullet and a pick-up truck.
On Wednesday morning, around 6.50am, the victim aged 44, was found with deep knife cut wound on his back by the plantation‘s security guards who later informed the police.
Preliminary investigations revealed that prior to the discovery, the victim was involved in a fight with the suspects in an entertainment outlet in Sepupok, Niah before he was dumped at the road shoulder in Bekenu, near the plantation.
It is believed that a brawl had occurred inside the entertainment premises amongst the suspects and the victim over a girl.
The case is being investigated under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt.