238 including 85 children rounded up after cops bust illegal settlement

Police found scores of families living in plastic tents in a newly-opened area of the forests in Kampung Hulu Rening, Batang Kali, Selangor. (Bernama pic)

KUALA KUBU BHARU: Police arrested 238 people who are members of a group called “Dewan Perkasa Ekonomi Islam Nusantara”, following a raid on an illegal settlement in Batang Kali here today.

In the 5pm operation at Kampung Hulu Rening, police rounded up 76 men, 77 women and 85 children including babies.

They were living in plastic tents in a newly-opened area of the forests, said Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat.

Police said the settlers came from several states.

“We are still investigating this association, and what we know is they eat, bathe and live in the area.

“Police are trying to establish when they occupied this place,” he said.

“What is certain is that they have violated the MCO and they came from various places like Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan and other states,” he added.

He said the detainees would undergo health screenings at a community hall where they are temporarily housed.

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