KUALA LUMPUR: Four factory managers suspected to be involved in the water pollution incident of Sungai Gong, Rawang, have been remanded for six days, says Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin.
He said the suspects, aged between 50 and 60, would be remanded until next Thursday for further investigation.
The remand order was issued by Sessions Court judge Nurul Mardhiah Mohamed Redza.
Comm Noor Azam said the four, who are brothers, had been managing the factory since their father’s death.
Three of them were detained at their homes in Selayang at about 11.20pm on Friday night while one suspect was arrested when he reported at the Gombak district police station with his lawyer at 12.30am yesterday.
The case is being investigated under Section 430 of the Penal Code and all the suspects were brought to the Gombak district police headquarters for further investigation.
Following oil pollution which came from the factory, four Sungai Selangor water treatment plants (LRA) had to suspend operations since Thursday, disrupting water supply to a total of 1,292 areas in the Klang Valley, Petaling, Klang/Shah Alam, Kuala Selangor, Hulu Selangor, Gombak and Kuala Langat, involving nearly 1.2 million consumer accounts.
Comm Noor Azam said investigations into the four brothers would be thorough and elements of sabotage would also be looked into.
He said the task force investigating the incident would take into account all reports and findings submitted by the Department of Environment, Selayang Municipal Council and Air Selangor.
“We will conduct a detailed investigation during this remand period before the full report is referred to the deputy public prosecutor for further action,” added Comm Noor Azam.
He also hoped that everyone would give his team the space to investigate the suspects in accordance with the provisions of the existing law.
On Friday, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the factory, suspected to be the source of the odour pollution, had been sealed and compounded with immediate effect.
He added that the factory was alleged to have released solvent into Sungai Gong which flows into Sungai Sembah, one of the main rivers of Sungai Selangor. — Bernama
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