JOHOR BARU: Four more individuals were picked-up by police to facilitate investigation into the brutal murder of a 44-year old man at a petrol station in Taman Pelangi here last Sunday.
The suspects all male and in their 20s were picked-up by police during an operation around the state capital in the wee hours earlier today.
The four individuals together with two others, a 19- year old woman and a 22-year old man who had been detained since Wednesday were taken to the Johor Baru magistrate court by police at 9.45am today for a remand order and an extension of the previous remand order to facilitate police investigation.
Magistrate Noor Aishah Ahmad issued a seven day remand order extension on the six suspects which will end next Thursday.
The case of the brutal killing of the victim was captured on video and has since gone in the internet.
The video footage featured the victim being involved in a scuffle with four men who had tried to grab and push the victim into their BMW car.
The 7.30pm incident took place when the victim made a stop at a petrol station in Taman Pelangi to fill air into his car tyres.
The victim’s wife a Vietnamese woman in her 20s was inside their Volkswagen car at the time of attack but had flee to safety when the fight between her husband and the four attackers became worse.
The victim had internal injuries to the chest area when one of the suspect stabbed him during the fight.
The victim also was ploughed over by the suspect's BMW twice as they made their escaped.
A special police taskforce team at state level was formed after it was revealed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that the victim was a ‘kongsi gelap’ (secret society) leader and the attack was part of an ongoing clash between two secret societies.
Details over the arrest on the individuals detained and the case investigations by police were sketchy as police were lip-tight on disclosing further details.
Meanwhile, the Chinese media in a news report relating to the case claimed that there was a bounty placed on the man prior to the incident. The bounty, claimed the reports, was believed to have been issued on November 18 by a rival gang.
It was claimed that there was a reward of RM23,888 for information on him and a reward of RM32,888 if he was brought in.