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Owners of abandoned chlorine drums identified

MELAKA: Police have identified the owner of the seven drums containing chlorine which were discarded at an empty house in Kampung Tambak Paya here.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan said the identification was made based on the serial numbers etched on the drums.
He said based on witnesses accounts, the drums were left at the site by a lorry driver and his assistant between 2pm and 5pm Thursday.
"The case is being investigated under Section 269/270 of the Penal Code for negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life," he told reporters after closing the Remaja Berwawasan summer camp in Ayer Keroh on Friday.
The offence carries a two-year prison or a fine or both upon conviction.
DCP Abdul Jalil said the chemical was used by the company involved in the water industry.
He said police were investigating whether those tasked to dispose the drums were employees of the company or workers of a disposal company.
"There is a possibility that the suspects intended to dispose the chemical by using the easy way out instead of sending it to a proper facility like in Bukit Pelandok, Negri Sembilan," he said.
He said the 210 villagers within 3km radius of the site who were evacuated at about 5.30pm Thursday were allowed to return home at 7am Friday after the area was declared safe by the authorities.
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