ALOR SETAR - Thirty-four people - including known drug addicts and gang members - were picked up by the police over the past few days in connection with the murder of three sisters at Kampung Alor Senibong and Kampung Padang Petani, near here, last month.
Kedah CID chief Assist Comm Mohd Nashir Ya said the suspects were held for questioning and most of them had since been released.
Sisters Norsyafika Nadia Rusdi, 14, Nur Izzati Husna Rusdi, 12, and Puteri Nurul Akma Rusdi, three, from Kampung Alor Senibong, had gone out together on a motorcycle on Nov 29.
Their mother made a report the next day that they had gone missing.
Norsyafika Nadia's body was found face down in an abandoned padi field in their village at around 3.45pm on Nov 30.
The bodies of her two sisters were found floating in a Muda Agriculture Development Authority (Mada) canal in Kampung Padang Petani, some 3.5km away, at around 4.50pm on Dec 1.
Shortly after the bodies were found, a 16-year-old boy from Arau, Perlis was remanded to help in the investigations. He was released a few days later.
On the latest arrests, ACP Mohd Nashir said: "We made the arrests with the hope of getting some lead in the murder case of the three girls."
He added that the suspects were nabbed near the two spots where the girls' bodies were found.