IGP: 35 bodies recovered in Perlis, exhumations to be completed by next week

Forensic policemen carry body bags with human remains found at the site of human trafficking camps in the jungle close the Thailand border after they brought them to a police camp near Wang Kelian in northern Malaysia May 25, 2015. — Reuters pic
Forensic policemen carry body bags with human remains found at the site of human trafficking camps in the jungle close the Thailand border after they brought them to a police camp near Wang Kelian in northern Malaysia May 25, 2015. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 — Work on digging up the 91 graves in the second phase of the operations in the Mata Ayer Forest Reserve, Lubuk Sireh, Perlis, which began today, is expected to be completed by Wednesday.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said eight vehicles carrying the forensic and security teams of the police force had entered the area to carry out the operations.

“God willing, we expect the operations to be completed before next Wednesday,” he told reporters after attending the annual general meeting of the PDRM Welfare and Sports Club (KKS PDRM) 2015.

At the ceremony, he handed over the Sang Saka Biru flag to the police contingents which participated in the “Police and Fire Games 2015” championship at the Police Training Centre (PULAPOL) here today.

To date, 35 bags of skeletal remains have been unearthed from the discovery of 139 graves at 28 transit camps believed to have been abandoned by the human trafficking syndicate in the area from Kampung Wai, Kuala Perlis to Tangga 100 in Felcra Lubuk Sireh, Padang Besar near the Malaysia-Thailand border since they were first detected on May 25.

All the human remains have been sent to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar for a pathological investigation.

Commenting on the masterminds behind the human trafficking syndicate in the Wang Kelian area, Khalid did not discount the possibility of locals assisting the Rohingya national known as “Yassin” who is suspected to be an agent of the syndicate.

“We believe the syndicate has a link with inside people and the police are still hunting them down,” he said.

However, Khalid did not comment further on whether the Malaysians helping “Yassin” were enforcement forces or the general public.

He also urged the public with information relating to the case to immediately report at the nearest police station so that action could be taken. — Bernama

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