MANGO THIEVES BEAT UP FARMER

Man suf­fers RM1,000 in losses as fruits were plucked pre­ma­turely

New Straits Times - - News -

ILI SHAZWANI

AND MUHAM­MAD MUSTAKIM RAMLI KANGAR news@nst.com.my

HARUMANIS mango grow­ers are warned to be wary of fruit thieves who are on the prowl here. The price of the pop­u­lar sweet aro­matic mango, which is only avail­able in Perlis for now, could reach up to RM40 per kg, is en­tic­ing thieves.

In a re­cent case, a farmer in Kam­pung Sim­pang, Sanglang, was in­jured and re­ceived six stitches on the head af­ter a rob­bery at­tempt at his Harumanis farm.

Tarmizi Tafad­zol, 38, said the in­ci­dent took place last week at 4.30pm when his worker in­formed him that two sus­pi­cious men were spot­ted at his farm.

He dashed from his house to the farm, which was lo­cated about 2km away, and saw the sus­pects there.

“They were try­ing to flee when I reached there but I man­aged to stop them at a padi field sur­round­ing the farm and we ended up in scuf­fle.

“I was hit with a stick and bam­boo (stem) on the head and body by the men be­fore they ran away.

“The left be­hind the two sacks full of Harumanis man­goes they plucked from my farm,” he said yes­ter­day.

Al­though the sus­pects failed in their heist, Tarmizi said he suf­fered losses of about RM1,000 as the 50kg man­goes, which he sold at RM25 per kg, were not ripe and had been plucked pre­ma­turely.

Mean­while, Kangar dis­trict po­lice chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Wari Kiew said the sus­pects were from the same vil­lage as they were de­tained along with Tarmizi on the same day of the in­ci­dent.

“The sus­pects, aged 21 and 25, were de­tained at the po­lice sta­tion af­ter they came to a lodge re­port that they had al­legedly been as­saulted by the Harumanis farmer.

“They are re­manded for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der Sec­tions 379 and 324 un­der the Pe­nal Code for theft and vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt by dan­ger­ous weapons or means,” Wari said.

RAHMAN PIC BY DZIYAUL AFNAN AB­DUL

Harumanis farmer Tarmizi Tafadzo show­ing how the mango thieves had tres­passed into his farm in Kam­pung Sim­pang, Sanglang, yes­ter­day.

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