JOHOR BARU - A police officer has been arrested for allegedly "interrogating" a debt collector with a taser gun after his abduction from a restaurant in the city here several days ago.
The inspector, in his 30s, was arrested soon after the victim, also in his 30s, lodged a report alleging that he was abducted, beaten up and robbed by a group of men including a policeman.
Initial investigations showed that several men had cornered the victim at a restaurant and forced him into a car at about noon.
Sources said the victim was then taken to a house about 20km away and locked in a room and beaten over some money disputes.
It is learnt that the policeman allegedly used the taser gun on the victim to purportedly get him to confess and pay up.
However after several attempts, the suspects decided to take his valuables and money worth thousands of ringgit before dropping the victim at an undisclosed location in the city.
Following the report, a special team from the Johor Baru South police headquarters managed to track down the inspector and detained him to assist them in the investigations.
It is learnt that the officer, who has a string of disciplinary problems, was being investigated under Section 397 for gang robbery.
In an unrelated case, police seized some 36 boxes of smuggled cigarettes worth RM54,000 during a high-speed car chase along Jalan Kota Tinggi early yesterday.
It is learnt that a police patrol car spotted at least three cars and decided to flag them down at about 4am in Permas Jaya.
But the drivers sped off in different directions including towards Sri Alam and Kota Tinggi.
Police managed to corner one of the cars and arrested a 38-year-old suspect and discovered the boxes of cigarettes. The car was fitted with fake number plates.