SHAH ALAM: “Gang 24 Bukit Raja” has been recruiting school students through blood initiation rituals, says Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed.
The Selangor police chief said the gang has about 100 members, and about 10 of them are schoolchildren.
“The majority or about 60 of its members are in their 20s, while around 20 are between 30 and 40, and 10 are aged between 40 and 50 years old.
“We believe they are enticing students with promises of wealth and power. These students have to take a blood oath initiation before they are accepted as members.
“We have identified several schools targeted by the gang and we believe the gang is still active, ” he told a press conference at the state police headquarters here yesterday.
Comm Arjunaidi said police discovered the gang’s recruitment plan after detaining 50 members for rioting at an entertainment outlet in Setia Alam last September.
“The rioting occurred after gang members met the owner of the outlet to discuss monthly protection payments.
“The owner refused and the gang damaged the outlet and rioted.
“The Selangor CID (Criminal Investigation Department) then formed a task force to investigate the incident and discovered that Gang 24 Bukit Raja was behind it, ” he said.
Selangor’s top cop said 50 gang members have been detained in connection with various offences in the Klang Valley, including rioting, fighting, theft and extortion.
He added that 19 have been charged, 20 are being held under the Prevention of Crime Act, while 11 others are under remand.
“This gang is an organised crime syndicate, which gets its funding through theft and protection services, as well as running entertainment outlets, massage parlours and illegal gambling dens, ” he said.
Comm Arjunaidi added that police are still looking for eight gang members.
“We urge those with information to contact investigating officer Insp Shahriman Mat Junos at 012-348 0281, ” he said.
Comm Arjunaidi also said a special taskforce has been formed to look into “Gang Lanun Merah Black Maria 360”.
He added that this gang was initially a club of 4X4 vehicle enthusiasts.
“We have been investigating the gang since 2019 and so far there is no solid evidence to connect them to underworld activities or crimes.
“The gang is led by a man known as ‘Mr A’, who is the husband of a female police officer with the rank of Deputy Superintendent (DSP), ” he said.
He added that investigations into allegations that a certain location was used as the gang’s headquarters for criminal activities discovered that it was actually a place that rents boats to the public and for fishing.
On the issue of gangsterism in Selangor, Comm Arjunaidi said 500 people have been detained for various offences, including being part of an underworld gang, since 2019.
“It involves 175 cases. Among the offences were fighting, rioting, murder, attempted murder, use of firearms, theft and extortion, ” he added.