15 Indians held for trying to steal a disused railway line in Malaysia

May 4th, 2011 - 6:02 pm ICT by ANI  

Kuala Lumpur, May 4 (ANI): Twenty-six thieves, including 15 Indian nationals, have been arrested while cutting a disused railway line near the former Subang International Airport in Malaysia.

Malaysian police believe that this group had been dismantling railway tracks for a year, carting off almost 500 metre of rail line worth about RM 300,000 at metal scrap shops, The Star reports.

People who were detained on Sunday include 15 Indian nationals and four Bangladeshis.

The paper quoted Selangor state’s Deputy Police Commissioner Hisan Tun Hamzah as saying that the group members, aged 22 to 45 years, were so engrossed in cutting the metal tracks that they did not realise policemen were watching them.

“Using a blow-torch, the metal tracks were cut into 3m-long beams and then sold to used metal dealers. Once the metal tracks were melted down it is almost impossible to trace its origins,” he said.

“We are now hunting the syndicate leader and also tracing outlets that had purchased the stolen metal tracks,” Hisan Tun added. (ANI)

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