Published: Saturday January 12, 2013 MYT 3:40:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 12, 2013 MYT 3:42:42 PM
Three picked up over torching of JPJ vehicle
By EDMUND NGO
LUMUT: Three suspects have been picked up to assist investigations into the overturning and torching of a Road Transport Department (JPJ) vehicle in Ayer Tawar on Friday.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the suspects were picked up at various times on Friday and Saturday.
"Investigations are still ongoing and we will pick up a few more suspects," he told The Star, declining to elaborate further.
On Friday, a JPJ Toyota Fortuner was set ablaze after a 11-vehicle pile-up caused by an oil-palm laden lorry crashing into the rear of the vehicle that had stopped at a traffic-light junction near SM Methodist around 12.20pm.
A group then confronted the four JPJ officers, who got down to check the situation but had to flee when the mob got close to them.
The pile-up involved two other lorries, two school buses, four cars and a motorcycle. Five people were admitted to the district hospital while 20 others received outpatient treatment.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said he was saddened by the incident and advised the public not to jump into conclusions.
"We cannot make any conclusion yet as the matter is still under police investigation. However, the state government's priority is to ensure there is law and order," he said, adding that he has instructed DCP Mohd Shukri to prepare a report on the incident.
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