Monday, August 25, 2008

Koh: Free Hindraf men in temple assembly

BUTTERWORTH: The police should free the Hindraf supporters who were arrested for participating in illegal assembly outside a Hindu temple on Saturday.

Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said he had made a request to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the police to release the detainees, if they did not have previous criminal records.

Dr Koh made the call when speaking to reporters at Kampung Bagan Serai yesterday.

“It was an emotionally-charged situation but since they were not violent, we feel that they should be released,” he said.

Nine people, including Hindraf co-ordinator R.S. Thanenthiran, were arrested outside the temple in Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, around 6pm when they refused to disperse after being ordered to do so by the police.

Thanenthiran and six other Hindraf supporters have been remanded until today to facilitate the police investigation.

Police released two women yesterday. Both were earlier arrested with the men for the offence.

Central Seberang Prai police media relation officer Supt Shaharon Anuar Abdul Latif confirmed that the seven were still in police custody pending the outcome of the investigation.

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