JOHOR BARU: Eight men have been arrested to help in investigations into a fire which razed seven houses at Kampung Semangat, Batu 7½, Jalan Skudai, Tampoi, here on Monday night.
State deputy CID chief Asst Comm Zulkifli Abdullah said the men, aged between 20 and 30, were arrested in the city yesterday.
We believe the fire, which left 38 residents homeless, was caused by a territorial dispute over a drug trafficking area in Tampoi.
The incident began at 4.30pm, when some men attacked a man known only as Hamid with parangs. The owner of one of the houses, Mamat, came to his aid. They were slashed on their shoulders and the group of men then fled on their motorcycles.
At around 7pm, a group of eight men, believed to be the same people behind the first attack, then set Mamats house on fire, added state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mukhtar Ismail.
Police are also looking for S. Selva Ganapathy @ Kolly (I/C No: A2210222) of 34, Jalan Kebun Teh, Johor Baru; Siva and Aru from Batu 8, Skudai; and Mon from Layang-Layang, Kluang to help in investigations.