Duo arrested for obstructing cops in stand-off over Chepor land

IPOH: Two men have been arrested for allegedly provoking policemen during a stand-off when workers were prevented from clearing a plot of land in Chepor.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the two were arrested after they refused to leave the site despite numerous warnings.

He said Ipoh police received a call from the public at 8.35am Wednesday (April 13) about a group of people who were creating a disruption at the site near Taman Chepor Impian.

“Police teams from the district as well as the nearby Kuala Kuang station were deployed.

“When they arrived, (they found) a group of men… preventing workers from carrying out clearing works on the land.

“When the group failed to show proof that they were the landowners, police advised them to leave before any untoward incident took place,” he said in a statement.

Comm Mior Faridalathrash said since the men were apparently trespassing, they were told to leave immediately.

“Most of them dispersed, but two men who introduced themselves as Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) members, refused to cooperate, did not want to leave and provoked my men.

“The police warned them three times to stop inciting the public, disrupting the peace and trespassing but they did not listen,” he added.

Comm Mior Faridalathrash said the two were arrested under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a public servant in the performance of his duty and Section 447 for criminal trespass.

He also warned the parties involved not to incite the public, threaten the peace, trespass on land belonging to others, or go against the law.

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