Seven men, both in their 30s, were detained by the police to facilitate investigation into the commotion reported at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ25, Subang Jaya, early today.
Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor said two of the suspects were arrested while they were seeking treatment at the Serdang Hospital for injuries sustained during the incident which occurred about 2 am.
"Eighteen cars and two motorcycles were torched in the incident. A police patrol car was also damaged when it was pelted with stones,” he told a media conference at the Subang Jaya district police headquarters today.
The fire department's Petaling Zone operations officer Asst Supt Muhammad Zaikunor Afendi Muhammad Nordin said firefighters took about an hour to control and douse the fires after the vehicles were torched during the scuffle between two rival groups at the Hindu temple.
He said the 12 firefighters in two trucks were deployed from the Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Station and arrived at the scene at 4.53 am.
“The fires were doused at about 6 am. We were informed by the police that two people were injured in the incident,” he said.
Zaikunor Afendi said an investigation into the damage sustained, was ongoing, adding that as of noon, firefighters were still at the temple to assist the police in their investigations.
The incident was believed to have happened following a scuffle between two rival groups over the relocation of the over-100-year-old temple.
A video on the incident went viral on social media.
Massive traffic congestion occurred along the roads in the vicinity of the temple during the rush hour this morning as crowds of curious onlookers gathered to find out what had happened.
The temple was to have been relocated on Nov 22 as per the consent judgment issued on March 11, 2014, by the Shah Alam High Court.