Police have launched a hunt for 43 trainees who escaped from a drug rehabilitation centre in Sengkang, Bukit Gambir, near Ledang last night following a riot, during which part of the building was set on fire.
Ledang police acting chief DSP Salleh Abdul Razak said today the escapees were among 377 trainees who were at the Narcotics Addiction Rehabilitation Centre during the incident at 8.40 pm.
A group of trainees rioted and set fire to the administrative building and dining hall, and smashed the windscreens of seven cars belonging to the officers and staff of the centre, he told Bernama.
The fire was put out by firemen from the Ledang Fire and Rescue Station who rushed there in two trucks, he said.
Salleh said the police were assisted by personnel from the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and the National Anti-Drug Agency in the hunt for the fugitives.
This is the second incident of rioting at the centre. The first was in 1999.