KEMAMAN – A 15-year-old boy sustained burn injuries to his neck and body after he was allegedly set on fire by a group of individuals, some of whom were friends of his, at Perasing Jaya, Jabor on Friday (July 22), reported New Straits Times.
Kemaman police chief Superintendent Hanyan Ramlan said the victim’s family came to know of the incident when he returned home at 3am seeking for help, where his father was deeply shocked to see the extent of his injuries.
“Our initial investigations found that the victim had been torched by some of his friends who accused him of stealing RM100.
“He was first doused with a liquid believed to be petrol before he was set on fire by the group,” he said.
The victim was sent to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan to receive treatment and is reported to be in a stable condition.
Free Malaysia Today reported that six suspects aged 18 to 28 were later arrested by police on Friday and Saturday and remanded for five days.
Ramlan said that all were factory workers and three of them were unemployed.
He added that one of the suspects has a prior offense for drugs.
The case is being probed under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.
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