KLANG: Three lorry drivers were attacked by 10 estate workers with Molotov cocktails and a parang as they drove their earth-laden lorries out of Bandar Botanic Phase 2, off Jalan Banting, here yesterday afternoon.
Two of the drivers were hurt.
One of them suffered slight burns on his arm while the other driver was slashed on his right thigh with a parang by one of the assailants when he leapt from the vehicle.
Another lorry driver managed to dodge the Molotov cocktail flung at him.
The 10 men were on six motorcycles.
One witness, odd job worker K. Verappah, claimed the lorry drivers were not allowed to use the dirt road into the estate.
“The situation became more tense yesterday after much exchange of words over the past three days,” he said.
He claimed that the men who attacked the lorry drivers were those regularly involved in harvesting oil palm fruits.
Two lorries were set on fire, which was put out by firefighters from the Taman Andalas station.
Klang OCPD Asst Comm A. Paramasivam said seven suspects had been arrested.
“From our initial investigations, we found out that the 10 men were possibly upset about the movement of the lorries in the former estate which is now being developed. This has affected their usual route to collect oil palm fruits,” he said.
He added that the two drivers had been warded at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah hospital for observations.