One man dead after suspected banana theft incident goes awry

Theft at a banana plantation is at the center of an incident that led to the death of a young man, allegedly at the hands of the farm-owner’s son yesterday near Kuantan.

Police believe that the situation is related to a case that was reported earlier that day pertaining to the stealing of bananas from the plantation.

In the early hours of Thursday, the owner’s son along with two colleagues, made their way to Kampung Paya Lang, Mengkuang, on Malaysia’s east coast, where workers had reportedly seen three men trespassing.

Startled, the three quickly took flight on two motorbikes, with the owner’s son giving chase in a four-wheel drive. Although he was unable to catch them, leaving the farm, he saw two bikes that he believed to be carrying the suspects. He claims that they were blocking the road, and he hit them with his car. He then went to the police station to lodge a report on the incident.

One of the men on the motorbikes was taken to a nearby health clinic where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities have now taken the owner’s son, two of his co-workers, and another plantation worker in for questioning, along with the two cohorts of the deceased. They are investigating the cases as murder and theft.

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