SHAH ALAM: Police are widening their crackdown against Gang 24 in Selangor, working to identify all its members including students and mapping the gang's network in schools around the state.
Expecting to make more arrests soon, Selangor deputy police chief Datuk Fuad Abd Latiff said the state police have also roped in the force's intelligence arm, Special Branch, to fight the illegal group and its recruitment of teenagers.
In the latest development, Selangor police Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmat said they nabbed three more schoolboys at SMK La Salle in Klang on Thursday over their suspected involvement with the gang.
"The students, aged between 16 and 17, were arrested at the school about 12.40pm following investigations carried out against the secret society.
"Police are applying for remand orders against the boys to facilitate our probe under Section 143 of the Penal Code," he told reporters at the state police headquarters, here this morning.
He and Fuad spoke to reporters after attending a duty handover ceremony between outgoing Selangor police Special Branch chief Assistant Commissioner Adnan Abdullah and Adnan's successor Senior Assistant Commissioner Zulkifli Mohd.
The latest arrests increased the total number of suspects nabbed to 41, after 33 other school students and five adults were nabbed during the course of police investigations against the secret society.
The probe commenced following two video recordings that went viral on social media on April 20, showing a group of men believed to be members of Gang 24 causing a commotion outside a school in Klang.
It is learnt that those arrested include students from SMK Tengku Ampuan Jamaah in Klang.
Fadzil said the 33 students arrested earlier had been released on police bail, while police had acquired extension of remand against the adult suspects.