Sunday January 13, 2013
Police nab two fugitives
By SIMREN KAUR
KEPALA BATAS: Two of the remaining five prisoners who escaped while being transported in a police van are now in police custody.
Farid Akhtar, 24, was caught while buying food at a shop in Kampung Petani in Kubang Semang at 9.15pm last night, while Mohd Sharimy Nor, 28, surrendered himself at the Penanti market about an hour later.
“Farid appeared weak as he had not eaten for six days,” said Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi.
DCP Abdul Rahim was speaking to reporters at a temporary police station in Taman Sepadu near here which is used as an operations centre to coordinate the hunt for the fugitives.
He said another escapee Mohd Khairulnizam Abdul Rani, 26, was spotted in a jungle behind SK Indera Muda in Permatang Pasir with a 19-year-old boy who had been reported missing by his father at 11.15pm last night.
He said the two were on a motorcycle belonging to the boy's father.
However, DCP Abdul Rahim could not confirm if the boy was abducted, adding that Khairulnizam had a parang with him.
At press time, police were still hunting for Khairulnizam using special night vision goggles.
Mohd Sharimy, Farid and Khairulnizam were among seven detainees who escaped in a police van at the Butterworth Outer Ring Road after throwing curry powder or instant noodle seasoning at their escorts.
Two of the seven Mohd Fairus Adam, 31, and Mohd Noor Ahmad Mustafa, 28 were shot dead by the police during a chase at Kampung Padang Ibu in Penanti on Thursday.
The other two fugitives still at large are Hissham Abdul Rahman, 39, and Hamzani Abdul Rahman, 37.
Villagers living in fear of escapees in their area