IPOH: Police are aiming to stop all gang-related activities in the country within a year by arresting the leaders.
Following the arrests of Gang 24 members in Butterworth and Gang 36 members in Kuala Lumpur, he said the police’s anti-gangsterism task force was now zooming in on the gangs’ leaders.
“We have identified the ringleaders and will be launching special operations to nab them,” Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (pic) said.
“This should happen in the next six months or a year from now, and it should drastically reduce gang-related activities in our country.
“Right now, we are gathering information on these leaders to build solid cases against them under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012,” he said here yesterday after witnessing the handing-over of duties from outgoing Perak police chief Comm Datuk Seri Abd Rahim Hanafi to his deputy Comm Datuk Hasnan Hassan.
Noor Rashid said the arrests of key figures as well as members from both Gang 24 and Gang 36 have actually led to a reduction in gang-related activities, causing them to change their tactics by targeting teenagers and infiltrating schools.
He also commented on the video clip of school children “celebrating” Gang 24 outside SMK Sri Andalas in Klang on April 21. Noor Rashid said 40 youngsters were detained and would be charged in court for offences such as unlawful assembly, destroying public or private property and causing mischief by fire or explosive substance.
“The students are not acting alone. There are key figures behind them and they are inciting students to be gangsters,” he added.
On another matter, Noor Rashid said police have yet to receive confirmation from its counterparts in Syria if Islamic State (IS) terrorist Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi had indeed died in a drone strike.
“We are in contact with our counterparts in Syria on this. If indeed he is dead, which is surely good news, we will announce it,” he added.
News of Muhammad Wanndy’s alleged death last week was triggered by a Facebook post by his wife Nor Mahmudah Ahmad, 28.
Yesterday, The Star reported doubts of security officials of Muhammad Wanndy’s death.
The officials said that Muhammad Wanndy is probably still alive and is believed to have staged his own death to “emerge as a new person” and to avoid detection.