MARANG - Two students who are to sit for the PMR examinations today were among seven arrested over a gang fight in which a 20-year-old factory worker was stabbed to death.
The fight over a girl involved members of rival gangs from the neighbouring villages of Kampung Durian Penjara and Kampung Seberang Jerung.
It was learnt that the main suspect, a 17-year-old dropout, was unhappy that the factory worker's 16-year-old brother had "stolen" his girlfriend.
Terengganu CID chief Asst Comm K. Manoharan said initial police investigations showed that the youth and his gang confronted the factory worker and his friends in front of a restaurant at about 8.30pm on Monday.
"The quarrel turned into a fight during which the factory worker was stabbed in the chest," he said yesterday. "He was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead at 10.10pm."
He said the police identified nine suspects, aged between 15 and 21, who were involved in the gang fight and had nabbed seven of them so far.
ACP Manoharan said the police believe that only the older suspect was involved in the stabbing but were investigating if the others were involved.
Another suspect, a 15-year-old who is one of the two sitting for the PMR, is believed to have taken away the murder weapon.
"We have contacted his parents, who are expected to turn him in," ACP Manoharan said.
He said the police would probe the involvement of the two PMR students in the fight before deciding whether they could sit for the exam.