Raid nets 32 triad suspects

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 February, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 February, 1993, 12:00am

POLICE yesterday arrested 32 suspected Wo Hop To triad members who were allegedly attending a ceremony to inaugurate a new dragon head.

The men, aged between 17 and 40, were rounded up by 60 uniform branch and CID officers at the Lo Fuk Tak Kung Temple in Sheung Fung Lane, Western.

''The new dragon head was selected by a group of elders of the Wo Hop To triad society from several candidates recently. It's a tradition that members come to the temple for a biennial ceremony,'' said a police source.

The men were also arrested for performing a lion dance in a public place without a licence. They had come from Aberdeen, where the gang originated.

Police said the men were later released on bail.

Also seized was a 30 by 60-centimetre shrine to Lo Fuk Tak Kung, a local god in Western.

Police said the dragon head was not at the ceremony.

Wo Hop To is considered the most powerful and influential triad society on Hongkong Island, apparently taking advantage of the decline of the 14K.

Members of the gang are active in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, asserting influence on entertainment establishments.