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AMPANG: Police arrested two men in a car and seized several paraphernalia believed to be used for robbery during the start of “Ops Cantas Khas” in Ukay Perdana, near here at 2am today.
Ampang district police chief Assistant Commissioner Amiruddin Jamaluddin said one of men in his 30s, nicknamed ‘Tengku’ possessed a previous criminal record for a drug related case in Kuantan in 2009.
Police seized screwdrivers, gloves, a pepper spray, a 14.5cm long flick-out knife, a pair of walkie talkies, together with 0.48g of syabu and 0.97g of Eramin-5 pills.
"The items, believed to be robbery tools were found in a black sling bag at the front passenger's feet space. Both suspects had reacted suspiciously when stopped by police. They gave illogical answers when asked about the items in the bag,” said Amiruddin.
Both of them were arrested under the Section 457 of the Penal Code for lurking, house-trespass or housebreaking by night in order to commit an offence, an offence which is punishable with imprisonment.
The police checked some 83 people, 40 cars and 15 motorcycles during the 6-hour operation beginning midnight on Sunday, which was conducted at 4 locations in Kuala Lumpur and six in Selangor.
“Ops Cantas Khas”, is a maiden operation intended to stamp out gangsterism, which Royal Malaysian Police has identified as the root of shootings, drug cases, and robberies.
It is carried out in a two-pronged approach of road blocks, and by patrols conducted by 10 to 12 members of a special operation teams (SOT), who comprise policemen from the narcotics and serious crime units.
During the same operation, police arrested two other men and seized a motorcycle, which was reportedly stolen, during separate raids in the Keramat flats, and Kampung Baru Cina, Ampang
Amiruddin said another 21-year-old armed gang robbery suspect was also detained in Taman Melawati, while another three men who tested positive for drugs were picked separately in Ampang Jaya and Pandan Indah throughout the first phase of “Ops Cantas Khas.”
The operation is expected to begin in other states tomorrow.
"We have been instructed to make use of the Section 105 of the Crime Prevention Act to hold suspects for as long as 24 hours,
"We are also allowed to use Section 3 (3) of the Police Act , which enables the police to remand a suspected individual up to 14 days," he said.