Police seized replica guns, knives and baseball bats in an anti-crime operation in Yau Ma Tei early Wednesday and arrested 12 Nepalese men suspected of involvement in unlawful activities.
At about 6 am, police officers raided an apartment located along Nathan Road and found weapons, which led to the arrest of a dozen males aged between 16 and 33.
Authorities believe the residential unit was used as an arsenal for criminals to gear up in the event of armed fights, Apple Daily reports.
Lam Chi-yuen, acting superintendent of police at Yau Tsim District, said the 12 men arrested were suspected to be involved in several criminal cases, including assault, fighting in a public place and causing criminal damage, between June 2016 and March this year.
Lam said he does not rule out the possibility of more arrests as the police operation is ongoing.
Among the policemen who were involved in the anti-crime operation was a Nepalese named Niraj Gurung, who is serving at the Tuen Mun police district.
Gurung, who is now 20, was born in Nepal and moved to Hong Kong at the age of three with his family.
He was the first Nepalese to become a police constable in Hong Kong since 2009. He was mentored under Project Himalaya, an initiative aimed at promoting the entry of non-ethnic Chinese people into the police, helping him join the force in April 2016.
Gurung believes he is a useful asset for the police in dealing with cases pertaining to Nepalese individuals, given his knowledge of the Nepalese language and familiarity with the community.
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