65-year-old detained over death of Kedah E8 SB officer

A 65-year-old man have been detained over the death of a Kedah E8 Special Branch officer.

“Initial investigations show that a team from Sik police headquarters, Kedah state Special Branch, Central Kedah District Forestry Office personnel and civilians entered the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve area at noon on Feb 27.” Sik OCPD Deputy Supt Abdull Razak Osman said.

The deceased, his father and the 65-year-old man were part of the enforcement team.

“They all stayed overnight at Compartment 103 to investigate trespassing and illegal hunting. At about 3 pm on Feb 28, the victim along with two civilians reportedly moved to Compartment 124 within the forest reserve area using a public vehicle to conduct observation and investigation,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

“However, until 6.30 pm on Wednesday (Feb 28), they had not returned to camp in Compartment 103,” he said.

Other teams began to search the above-mentioned location and found their vehicle at the junction between Compartments 124 and 125. Despite the thorough investigation, there was no sign of the trio.

He added that the victim and the two civilians were believed to have lost their way in the darkness, he later revealed that a gunshot was heard before the victim was found with a wound in the front part of his body.

The victim was brought back to Compartment 103 at 5 am yesterday before being taken to Sik Hospital, where he was confirmed dead at the hospital.

The case is being investigated under Section 304 of the Penal Code for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, Bernama reported.