IPOH, Feb 25 — Police have discovered that a bird hunter who was found dead in Gerik on Thursday may have been shot by one of his friends during a hunting trip.
Perak Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Senior Asst Comm Yahya Abd Rahman said three male suspects aged in their 20s had been arrested in relation to the case yesterday morning.
He said the three men had been hunting with the deceased Mohamad Haniff Mat Zabidi, 24, in the Gerik forests using self-made shotguns.
Yahya said the trio revealed their involvement in the incident after being questioned by police yesterday.
“Our investigation indicates that they split up during the hunt and one of the trio spied something that he thought was a deer,” Yahya said in a statement.
“He then released a shot, which is believed to have caused the death of the victim.”
During the questioning process Yahya said the suspects also showed police the shotgun that was used in the incident.
He said all three suspects had been remanded for five days, starting from February 23 to February 27.
On Friday, Malay Mail reported that Mohd Haniff’s body was found with gunshot wounds to his head in a jungle near Bintang Hijau rest area in Gerik, some 130km from Ipoh.
The body was found by villagers at around 4pm on Thursday after he failed to return home at Kampung Choruk Kapas in Baling, Kedah since Sunday.
Mohd Haniff’s elder brother Mohamad Hazwan said he only realised on Wednesday evening that his brother was missing and a search operation was carried out by villagers.