Five teens arrested over alleged assault of 14-year-old boy in 'Abang Vadai' video


Screengrab from video.

JOHOR BARU: Five teenagers have been arrested by the police here for allegedly beating up a 14-year-old boy.

Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Padzli Mohd Zain said the suspects, aged between 15 and 17, were arrested on Friday (April 16) following a report by the victim.

"The police received a report from the student at about 10.45pm on Thursday (April 15).

"The victim said he was talking to his friend when he was attacked by five unknown suspects in front of his school at Taman Daya," ACP Mohd Padzli said in a statement on Friday (April 16).

He said the victim was allegedly hit several times on the face during the incident.

The incident was caught on video which went viral on social media.

It is understood that the victim had asked if a man named “Abang Vadai” got his moniker from making the traditional Indian snack.

This led to him being slapped repeatedly by three older teenagers. One of the teenagers threatened to harm him if he spoke about “Abang Vadai” again.

"The incident happened as one of the suspects thought that the victim had made fun of his cousin.

"He then attacked the victim with four of his friends," ACP Mohd Padzli said, adding that no serious injuries were reported.

He said the case is being investigated under Section 323 and Section 506 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation.

If convicted, the suspects could be sentenced to a maximum of two years’ jail or fined or both.

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