Police nab two, hunt for another five for rioting

JOHOR BARU: Police have arrested two men and are hunting for five more, suspected of rioting using deadly weapons in front of a house in Taman Skudai Baru, Skudai here last week.

Iskandar Putri District Police chief ACP Noor Hashim Mohamad said the duo, aged 27, were detained after police received a report from a 35-year-old man claiming that he and his 25-year-old brother were assaulted and injured in the 9pm incident on Friday.

"The complainant was in front of the house when he was approached by three men on motorcycles who wanted to see his younger brother. On seeing the younger man, the three men began kicking and beating him.

"The elder brother tried to stop the assault, but one of the suspects brandished a jack knife and slashed him on the right hand. At that moment, four more men armed with three machetes arrived in a Mitsubishi van and chased the victims who ran into the house," Noor Hashim said in a statement here today.

He said before the assailants fled the scene, they also threatened both victims not to lodge a police report.

As a result of investigations, police raided a house in Taman Nesa, Skudai at 11.30pm on Sunday and arrested the first suspect, who worked as a technician.

The second suspect, who was unemployed, was arrested half an hour later at Taman Bukit Indah.

Both suspects were tested negative for drugs and had no past criminal records.

The case is being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code. — Bernama