Man held over fatal shooting of police officer

SUNGAI PETANI: A 65-year-old man was remanded for six days to assist in the investigation into the shooting of a Special Branch police officer in the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve, near Sik.

The remand order was issued by Magistrate Noor Fazlina Musa at the Sungai Petani Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

On Thursday, the media reported that a junior police officer of the Special Branch of the Kedah contingent police headquarters (IPK) died after being shot during an operation to investigate encroachment and poaching in the area of Compartment 124 in the forest reserve, Bernama reported.

Sik district police chief, DSP Abdull Razak Osman said on Thursday that the 39-year-old victim entered the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve at noon on Feb 27 with a team from the Sik district police headquarters, the Kedah IPK Special Branch personnel, the Central Kedah district forest office personnel, and members of the public.

He said the victim and two civilians were believed to have lost their way in the darkness. At 2am, a gunshot was heard. At 5am the victim was taken to Sik Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.