DCP Jalaluddin (second from right) showing the seized pump gun during a press conference at the state police contingent headquarters in Kota Baru.
KOTA BARU: A 52-year-old businessman was detained along with his wife and 14-year-old son after police discovered two shotguns and an ammunition cache of over 1,000 bullets and cartridges at a house in Wakaf Baru.
An imitation shotgun was also found during Monday’s raid, which came after a breakthrough in police investigation over a robbery gang with an M-16 rifle last year.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the man, a member of a shooting club, was found with the shotgun belonging to a Rela personnel, as well as a semi-automatic Baretta.
“It is clear that the man has violated the conditions of his licence,” he told reporters at the state police contingent headquarters here yesterday. “I have reasons to believe that this man has abused the conditions to commit crime with the firearms or may have sold the cartridges and bullets to customers,” he said.
“Whatever it is, we will find out his motive for having the firearms and ammunitions.”
The man, said DCP Jalaluddin, had been placed under remand for seven days. His wife, also 52, and son were remanded for two days to help in investigations. The case is being investigated under Section 3 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act and Section 8B of the Firearms Act.
“Police will also be carrying out random checks on people with licences for firearms in the state to ensure that they adhered to the strict conditions,” said DCP Jalaluddin.
“We have reasons to believe that some may be involved in criminal activities,” he added. During a robbery on Dec 30, the gang had struck a grocery shop in Tanah Merah.