TONTON ASTRO AWANI

PENGUNJUNG SETIA

11 Jun 2011

COPS CAPTURE 16 OUT OF 21 INMATES WHO FLED DRUG REHAB CENTRE

By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH

TANGKAK: Police have rounded up some 16 out of 21 inmates who fled the Bukit Gambir Drug Rehabilitation Centre during a riot late Thursday.

Ledang deputy police chief Deputy Supt Salleh Abdul Razak said Friday they were rounded up at several places within a radius of two kilometres from the centre.

He told reporters that police were still looking for the five who escaped and urged the public to watch out for them.

He said the inmates had close-cropped hair and were, probably, still wearing their red t-shirts.

He urged the public to call the nearest police station or his cellular handset number - 019-2799429, if they spot the inmates.

DSP Salleh said the rioters were believed to have torched two buildings, including an administrative building, and partially burnt a storehouse.

He said police received a call about the incident at about 9.15pm and rushed several teams, including from the Muar police station, to Bukit Gambir immediately.

He said eight cars, including four belonging to the Anti-Drug Agency, were damaged. One was burnt and three motorcycles were destroyed.

He said the rioters used bricks to smash car screens and overturned some cars. However, no one was injured.

He said that, shortly after police arrived at the centre, a head count showed that 21 out of the registered 377 inmates were missing.

The police then launched a hunt with a dog unit from Segamat, local Rela members and villagers.

“We managed to pick up few of the inmates, scattered in a various places, during the night. A group of 13 inmates were picked up under the Grisek-Panchor bridge at 8am Friday.

“We have yet to determine what caused the riot and will investigate the incident thoroughly,” he said, adding that the situation at the centre was now under control.

SOURCE: THE STAR, JUNE 11, 2011

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