Gerakan wants inquest into death of detainee

ALOR SETAR: Gerakan Youth wants an independent inquest to be held into the death of N. Dharmendran, who died in police custody in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said the inquest could be held pending the police investigations into the case.

“The inquest will be one of public importance since such an incident (death while in police custody), will tarnish public confidence in the police force,” said Tan.

“The inquest should be held immediately because any delay would affect public per-ception about the Barisan Nasional Govern-ment,” he added.

Dharmendran, 32, and three others, were detained at the Kuala Lumpur city police headquarters on May 12 following the shooting of two men in Bandar Tun Razak a day earlier.

The police said he complained of chest pains at about 9pm on May 21 and was admitted to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for treatment. He allegedly died upon arrival.

Dharmendran leaves behind a wife and two-year-old son.

Dharmendran’s death was classified as murder after his family disputed the police version of how he died.

The case has been referred to the Bukit Aman’s criminal investigation department.

In Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Aman will call Dharmendran’s wife to give her statement regarding the alleged murder of her husband.

Marry Mariay Susay, 26, lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station yesterday about her husband’s death, alleging he was beaten to death while in custody.

She is expected to be at Bukit Aman to give her statement today.

Meanwhile, several more groups have called on the Home Ministry and the police to carry out a full-scale investigation into the incident and arrest those responsible for Dharmendran’s death while in police custody.

Lawyer N. Surendran, who is also a PKR vice-president, said the police will see a mass protest outside Bukit Aman if action is not taken within 24 hours.

MIC Youth chief T. Mohan said it was not the first incident of a death under police custody, urging the police to be transparent when investigating Dharmendran’s death.

He cautioned that opposition parties would politicise the matter to discredit the police and the Government.





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