PETALING JAYA, April 3 — The murder of a teenager, whose dismembered and beheaded body was found the same day he was arrested by three men claiming to be police could be related to the ongoing gang war in Klang.
A police source said investigations found the youth identified as P. Loganraj, 19, may have been the target of rival gang members.
“The case could be related to the sporadic fights between Gang 24 and Gang 36 over territorial power and control of drugs trade that ended in a blood bath on both sides two months ago,” the source said.
“We are now in the midst of establishing the victim’s background and believe he is connected to friends who were gang members.”
The source said police believe the manner of his murder suggest it could be revenge killing.
On March 9, three men claiming to be police officers from the Shah Alam police station went to the victim’s house in Taman Laksamana, Klang and took him for questioning.
His mother did not suspect anything at first and only began to worry when he did not return home the next day.
She went to the Shah Alam police headquarters the following morning to see her son but was shocked to learn there had been no such arrest.
She then lodged a police report claiming three men in police uniforms and carrying guns had gone to her house at 2am. She said they also took the MyKad of family members.
Police found the teenager’s dismembered body near Port Klang that night.
“The gang members had impersonated policemen and we are hunting them down,” the source said, adding police took statements of several people including the victim’s friends and family members.
No arrests have been made.
Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat, who confirmed the case, said police were investigating gangland killing as one of the motives.
Malay Mail, in a series of front page reports, wrote on the turf war between Gang 24 and Gang 36, which resulted in three deaths in Teluk Panglima Garang and fights reported in Banting Between February 14 and 18.
The series of fights created unease among residents and police were compiling a list of suspect gangsters terrorising Klang and Banting.