Hunt for Pakistani man linked to Sun Yee On triad
A high-ranking Pakistani gangster is being hunted by police after dozens of his followers were arrested on their way to a gang fight in the city.
Police said the man, a long-time Hong Kong resident, is a senior fighter and enforcer for the Sun Yee On triad group.
'It is rare for a South Asian to reach such a high-ranking post in local triads,' one police officer said.
'They mainly target the South Asian community in Hong Kong and their illegal activities include extortion and drug trafficking.'
The suspect's faction recruits mostly South Asians - either Hong Kong residents or asylum seekers - as members.
The manhunt began after his followers were among 57 men arrested at a soccer pitch of the To Kwa Wan Recreation Ground in San Shan Road, Kowloon, at about 9.30pm on Monday.
Weapons, including a knuckle duster, a set of nunchaku, two extendable batons and a knife, were seized.
Another police officer said: 'The arrests were of either Pakistanis or Indians. Most of them are Hong Kong residents but some are asylum seekers. We believe all the men are from the same [gang].
Police believe the rival group the gang intended to fight was another Sun Yee On faction. They had been involved in a recent dispute in Tsim Sha Tsui.
A police spokeswoman said the 57 men were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly and possession of weapons. They were held for questioning but no one was charged.
Police figures show that there were 1,385 reports of triad-related crimes in the first eight months of this year, an 8.3 per cent rise from 1,279 in the same period last year.