‘Tonto’ in Cus­toms of­fi­cer’s car crash case iden­ti­fied

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KOTA BARU: Po­lice have iden­ti­fied a lo­cal man in his 30s who is be­lieved to be a ‘tonto’ (thugs work­ing for smug­glers) in­volved in a car crash that led to the death of a fe­male Cus­toms of­fi­cer.

“Po­lice are also track­ing down his col­leagues,” said Deputy In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim yes­ter­day.

Noor Rashid added Ke­lan­tan po­lice are setting up a spe­cial team to ad­dress the prob­lem of tonto at the Malaysia-Thai bor­der in Ke­lan­tan. He said this fol­lows the death of Cus­toms of­fi­cer Anisah Ali, who suc­cumbed to her in­juries af­ter the car in which she was trav­el­ling with two other of­fi­cers was rammed by the sus­pected tonto in an in­ci­dent at Bang­gol Chicha, Pasir Mas, last Fri­day.

Noor Rashid said Ke­lan­tan po­lice would also seek as­sis­tance from Thai po­lice in in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

Mean­while, Cus­toms di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Khaz­ali Ah­mad has de­nied claims that a “mole” within the de­part­ment had tipped-off the tonto dur­ing the op­er­a­tion in Pasir Mas.

He said threats by tonto were not new to the de­part­ment, but pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters had never re­sulted in ca­su­al­ties.

“Of­fi­cers on duty know the risks and the threats posed by tonto, but it is dif­fi­cult to pre­dict when they will strike,” he said. – Ber­nama

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