Published: Thursday September 13, 2012 MYT 8:50:00 PM
Updated: Thursday September 13, 2012 MYT 8:53:09 PM
Man detained over arson attacks on Custom officers' houses
JOHOR BARU: Police have detained a man in connection with Wednesday's arson attacks on the houses of Customs officers in Taman Pelangi and Taman Seri Pulai Perdana.
Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said a 38-year-old man was detained at around 4am Thursday in the Gelang Patah area near here.
"Police have received several reports about interference in the work of Customs officers by certain quarters, including the two incidents yesterday.
"Following this, we have had a meeting with Johor Customs director Datuk Ramli Johari to discuss the problem," he told reporters after launching a Community Policing Scheme in Taman Mutiara Rini here.
He added that Johor police had set up a special task force led by state CID director Datuk Dr Hashim Haron to bring the culprits to book.
In the Wednesday incidents, molotov cocktails were hurled into the porches of two houses occupied by Customs officers in the two housing estates, around 4am.
The Taman Pelangi incident claimed the life of Johor Customs deputy director (Compliance Unit) Ahmad Hassan, 54, who suffered a fatal heart attack after saving his car from catching fire when the house of his neighbours, also Customs officers, caught fire after they came under molotov cocktail attacks.
He managed to drive the car about 30m from his house but then suddenly collapsed and died. A post-mortem at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital confirmed that he had died of a heart attack.
In the incident, the facade of the neigbour's house got burnt and a Proton Savvy car parked in the porch was destroyed. - Bernama
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