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Four policemen nabbed for alleged hold-up of motorist and passengers

Charles Ramendran

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 9, 2013): Four policemen on crime prevention rounds were arrested just hours after they allegedly robbed a motorist and his passengers of cash and valuables in Cheras on Sunday.

The policemen, all uniformed constables in their 20s and from the Cheras district police headquarters, had apparently stopped a motorist on the pretext of carrying out routine police checks.

It is learned that they robbed the driver of the car and his passengers of cash and valuables during the “check” before letting them go.

The motorist lodged a police report soon after and a police team from the Cheras Criminal Investigations Department swung into action.

Within hours, all four rogue cops, believed to be carrying their service pistols, were traced and arrested by their colleagues.

Cheras police chief ACP Mohan Singh Tara Singh said today that the policemen have been remanded for investigations.

He said police are also trying to ascertain if they were involved in similar crimes in the past.

“Nobody is above the law and we will not hesitate to take stern action against anyone, including our own personnel, if they break the law. We view this very seriously but give us time to investigate further,” he said when contacted by theSun.

In July, two policemen in their 20s and attached to Istana Negara as guards were implicated in a botched robbery case in Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya after a motorcycle used by the robbers was found to belong to a police personnel.

Saravanan Batumalai, a 27-year-old who thwarted the robbery attempt on seeing the robbers attacking a woman, lodged a police report and identified two policemen in a identification parade as the men behind the robbery.

However, Saravanan, who lost his gold chain while fighting off the knife-wielding robbers expressed disappointment when he learned two months later that the case had been thrown out due to lack of evidence to charge the suspects.

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