KUALA LUMPUR: Seventy-five people have been detained following attacks at the Selayang wholesale market, according to police.
Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy (pic) hoped that there would not be any retaliation as investigations were being carried out.
“We urge the public not to spread false information to the extent of saying that five or six Indians were killed. The rumours would only cause more stir.
“We have detained a foreigner for bringing a weapon into the Selayang wholesale market. And security at the market remained tight at all times.
“The police have stationed two personnel round-the-clock at the police beat in the market to curb violence,” he said.
It was reported that a 20-year-old man was arrested over a drive-by shooting at the market which injured a 34-year-old man and a two-year-old boy on Jan 13. The suspect was arrested in Batu Caves the next day.
In the 10pm incident, five men in two cars fired randomly at the crowd before fleeing, hitting the two victims, both from Myanmar.
The victims, who were about 200m apart during the shooting, were being treated at Selayang Hospital, and in stable condition.
Police also rubbished talk of a clash between a group of Indians and Myanmar nationals at the market.
Earlier, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan together with ACP Munusamy and MIC leaders met traders over concerns for their safety after foreigners attacked a local Indian at the market.
The safety of Indian traders is assured, said Saravanan, while urging City Hall to take a stern action against foreigners trading illegally at the market.
Saravanan called for the Immigration Department, City Hall and the police to conduct raids on illegal traders there.
He also said he would arrange for access passes to be given to traders following the tightened security.