124 arrested in raids on triads after street battle
Police cracking down on triads have made more than 120 arrests in a series of raids in Sheung Shui and Yuen Long over the past two days.
More arrests are expected as police continue to target the 14K and Wo Shing Wo triads.
The swoops followed a vicious brawl involving about 20 gangsters from the two rival gangs in Yuen Long on Sunday.
Police later arrested five suspected triad members over the fight and were seeking more than 10 others.
The operation, started on Wednesday, raided venues allegedly controlled by the two triads, including illicit gambling dens, illegal fuel-filling stations, contraband cigarette stalls and entertainment outlets.
'It is one of our regular anti-triad operations,' Superintendent Choy Wai-fu of the New Territories North regional crime unit said.
'It targets active triad gangs, their income sources and illegal businesses in the region.'
Up to last night, 124 people had been arrested, including suspected triad members, gamblers and dealers in illicit goods.
Four gambling dens and two illegal mahjong parlours in Sheung Shui and Yuen Long were also closed.
An illegal fuel-filling station was discovered in a village off Tsui Sing Road in Tin Shui Wai. Police arrested a 27-year-old man and seized 230 litres of dutiable diesel.
Officers also seized 240 packs of contraband cigarettes at a grocery in Yuen Long. 'Our operation will make active triad gangs lie low for a while,' a police officer said.
The weekend brawl was captured in a one-minute video clip posted on the Apple Daily website.
It showed a gang of 10 chasing and assaulting several youths, brandishing glass bottles, a knife and a plastic chair, at 8am on Ping Wui Street.
In the footage, one of the victims was surrounded by the gang and repeatedly kicked after he fell to the ground.
The gangsters, including the injured, had fled before police arrived.
Separately, the New Territories South regional crime unit arrested 20 people during a raid on a triadcontrolled gambling den in Tsuen Wan at 2am yesterday.