JOHOR BARU: The police believe they have dismantled "Geng 21", a secret society notorious for extortion and armed robbery in the state, especially in Kluang.
This is following the arrest of 10 men in raids in Kluang, Yong Peng and the state capital early this year.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the raids, under ‘Ops Cantas’, were conducted on Jan 16 between 2.30am and 3.30am by the state anti-vice, gaming and secret society division (D7) and serious crime unit (D9).
“We arrested 10 men, aged between 29 and 44.
“A background check revealed that they have prior criminal cases involving drugs and violence, ” he said in a press conference at the Johor police headquarters here on Tuesday (March 2).
Comm Ayob said two pocket knives, 17 mobile phones and two t-shirts with the Geng 21 logo were also seized from them.
He said with the arrest, the police have solved 14 criminal cases involving violence, group robbery that causes serious injury, extortion on building grounds and causing injury using a weapon in Kluang between 2019 to 2020.
“Action under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) 1959 have been taken against eight of the men, while another one has been charged under the Societies Act 1966," he said.
Comm Ayob said since 2018, Johor police have taken action against 39 secret societies members under Poca.
He said they were members of Geng 21, Geng 04, Geng 36, Geng 24, Geng Jit It Hai, Geng Hong Hong San, and Geng Hup Hoe Tong.
“These groups have been active in committing extortion, criminal intimidation, group robbery, causing injury using weapons and rioting, ” he said.