TAPAH - The Welfare Department has obtained temporary custody of the two daughters of a couple suspected of at least four murders here.
The girls, believed to be aged 11 and 23, were brought to the magistrate's court here at about noon and ushered into a waiting van belonging to the department just 15 minutes later.
Police and department officers protected the girls from the media by covering their faces with jackets.
It is learnt that the girls would be placed in separate welfare homes within the state.
Last Monday (Oct 26), police arrested a 57-year-old mechanic, his wife, 54, and their two sons aged 20 and 17 at the house.
It was reported that the disappearance of a land broker on Aug 28 had led police to their house cum workshop where the four victims were believed to have been beaten to death, their remains burnt and ashes scattered into a river behind the wooden house.
Meanwhile, Tapah OCPD Supt Som Sak Din Kerian said the wife and one of the sons would be released tomorrow after their remand orders had lapsed.
"However, we will be seeking an extension of the remand orders for the main suspect and the other son," he said.