Cops nab third suspect in Nilai river pollution case

SEREMBAN: Police have detained a third suspect in its probe into the dumping of pollutants along a river in Nilai near here, which is believed to have caused the recent closure of two water treatment plants in Selangor.

The 30-year-old man was caught in Kota Baru on Monday (Oct 12).

A police spokesman said the suspect would be remanded until Friday (Oct 17) and they had also applied to extend the remand of a lorry driver and his attendant who were detained on Oct 7.

The two suspects have been in police custody since their arrest, also in Kota Baru.

Police also seized an 18-wheeler believed to have been used to transport the waste.

The waste, believed to comprise liquid and semi-solid organic compounds, disrupted operations at the Sungai Semenyih and Bukit Tampoi water treatment plants on Oct 4.

This led to a water cut for 309,867 account holders in 274 areas in the Petaling, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat and Sepang districts.

The case is being investigated under Section 430 of the Penal Code for "mischief to works of irrigation or by wrongfully diverting water".

Those found guilty can be jailed between five and 30 years, or fined, or both.

The authorities have yet to establish if the dumped materials were scheduled or domestic waste, and if it was the main cause of the contamination.

Samples have been sent to the Chemistry Department for analysis.

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