Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Be on alert for suspicious motorcyclists, public advised

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have advised the public to be extra vigilant against splashers using corrosive liquid who have been targeting innocent pedestrians around Kuala Lumpur for over a month.
City police deputy chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Amar Singh said the public should watch over each other and keep a lookout for motorcyclists behaving suspiciously.
“Currently, we believe the suspects are of dark complexion and riding either a Honda EX-5 or a Yamaha motorcycle.
“Even the smallest detail about the motorcyclist or the machine may lead to the arrest of these individuals,” he said.
SAC Amar also urged shop and building owners to be on the lookout for the duo.
He said they could go through their CCTV footage to find clues if the suspects had attacked anyone near their establishments.
“A task force was set up after the attacks started in March and we have been monitoring areas where the suspects have hit.
“We have also beefed up patrols and security precautions in various locations in the city,” he said.
The splasher attacks began on March 2 after eight students and a teacher from SK Bukit Bandaraya in Jalan Bangkung, Bangsar, were splashed with a burning substance by a motorcyclist.
Since then, a total of more than 20 people have already suffered either minor or severe burns at the hands of these culprits.
The latest incidents were on May 6 and May 7 when two women were splashed with the liquid when a motorcyclist attacked them from behind in Jalan Pudu Lama at 9pm. Thirty minutes later, a lawyer was attacked near a parking lot in front of a shopping centre in Jalan Putra.
The suspects then splashed liquid on a woman and her year-old baby who were standing in their house compound in Persiaran Titiwangsa at 3pm on May 7.

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