Last Saturday (11 September), 2 men was arrested by the police for setting fire to a police beat base in Pasar Jelawat, Bachok, Kelantan.
According to MalaysiaKini, the Kelantan police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat said the 2 suspects were detained in 2 raids at 2 different locations.
Shafien said the police received a report from the Bachok Fire and Rescue Dapartment regarding the fire after a witness made a report to the Fire and Rescue Department via the 999 emergency line.
“Through the conversation with the firefighters on duty, it is understood that they received a call from the public after the witness finds out that the police beat base in Pasar Jelawat is on fire, while she was on the way to work with her husband.”
“During the incident, the witness did not parked their car and they notice no one was around at the scene.” Safien said after the handing-over of duties by Kelantan deputy police chief SAC Abdullah Muhammad Piah to DCP Datuk Muhamad Zaki Harun at the state contingent police headquarters.
Meanwhile, he said the CCTV footage from a nearby hardware store found that a man on a motorcycle had gone to the police beat base and lit a fire before leaving.
“The further investigation found traces of soot on the outer wall of the hut and some stains of scorch on the bottom of the wall.”
“There were also traces of cracks on the window glass near the wall and a piece of burning material believed to be made of plastic was also found.” he explained.
Shafien said based on the information received, 2 men, aged 24 and 35 respectively, were detained to assist in the investigation.
“The first suspect was arrested at 10.30 p.m. on the day of the incident, and the second suspect at 2.30 a.m. yesterday (12 September).”
“One of them tested positive for drugs. Both of them, who have priors, are being remanded for six days from today until Sept 17 to assist in the investigation” he added, as reported by Bernama.
Safien said the case is being investigated under Section 435 of the Penal Code and if convicted, he can be imprisoned for fourteen years and also fined.