KUANTAN: A suspected theft at a banana farm has led to the death of a man after he was run down by the owner's son.
Pahang CID chief SAC Datuk Othman Nanyan said investigations found that the incident in Bera was related to a banana theft case which was reported on the same day.
"Early investigations found that at 2am on Thursday (March 14), the son of the farm's owner went with two colleagues to the location in Kampung Paya Lang, Mengkuang after being told by his worker that three men were trespassing.
"Realising the presence of the owner's son, the three men then fled on two motorcycles.
"The owner's son chased them in a four-wheel drive vehicle but did not manage to catch them.
"However, on his way out of the farm, he saw two motorcycles which were believed to be the same ones.
"The owner's son is said to have rammed the motorcycles which were blocking the road.
"He then went straight to the police station to lodge a report," SAC Othman said in a statement.
The deceased , a 25-year-old man, was taken by his friend to the Triang health clinic where he was pronounced dead.
SAC Othman said police had detained the 22-year-old son of the owner, his two colleagues and an Indonesian worker to assist in investigations.
Also arrested were two friends of the deceased, aged 31 and 33, as police probe the banana theft case reported by the farm owner's son.
The cases are being classified as murder and theft.