20 prison officers injured during scuffle with 12 detainees

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  • Friday, 10 Dec 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: About 20 prison officers had breathing difficulties and were injured after a morning scuffle with 12 detainees at the Kamunting Detention Centre, Deputy Internal Security Minister Chia Kwang Chye said. 

He said the incident at 9.45am on Wednesday occurred after the officers attempted to enter Block Two of the centre for a routine spot check. 

Chia said as the officers were walking into the block, the detainees threw stones and paint at them while shouting “unpleasant” words. 

“Two detainees were seriously injured and are being treated for a fracture and head injuries at the Taiping Hospital,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here yesterday. 

He said the officers had breathing difficulties after the paint was thrown at them. 

Chia said after the situation was brought under control at 3.30pm, the officers found 11 badminton racquets which were sawn in half and could be used as weapons in Block Two. 

“These racquets are given to them for recreation and they modified it. Other items including 24 homemade knives, 19 wires, mobile phones, chargers and SIM cards were found there, too,” he said. 

Chia said of the detainees included three Malaysians, two Filipinos, one Thai and six Indonesians, adding that they were detained as alleged Jemaah Islamiah members. 

“We have separated and placed them in different rooms. We will conduct further investigations before taking action,” he said. 

Chia said if found guilty, the detainees could be deprived of visiting rights by their families and other privileges as it was an offence to possess such items and cause unruly incidents.  

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