Friday, January 30, 2009

Kapar MP files report against Selangor police chief

Published: Thursday January 29, 2009 MYT 9:27:00 PM
By ANDREW SAGAYAM

KUALA LUMPUR: Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam has lodged a police report against Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar over the death of suspected car thief A. Kugan.

He claimed that DCP Khalid had accused Kugan’s family and 50 others of storming into the Serdang Hospital mortuary where Kugan’s body was kept.

He said DCP Khalid had also accused Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department T. Murugiah and Datuk S.K. Devamany of joining in the mob.

He said he has a DVD recording that showing the mortuary attendants opening the doors and everyone in.

“So how can he say that we barged in?,” he said this after lodging the report at the Brickfields district police headquarters Thursday.

Manikavasagam also claimed that a police officer came to his office in Kapar and seized the DVD recording.

Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo said it was disheartening for Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Syed Albar to say that the public did not care when a policeman dies.

“This is certainly not true and I think he does not understand the issue surrounding Kugan’s death.

“The issue here is not so much the victim but the police who abused their powers to the extent of causing the death of a detainee in police custody,” he said.

Kugan, 22, was arrested on Jan 14 in connection with a luxury car theft ring in Sungai Chua, Kajang.

He died at the Taipan station on Jan 20.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/1/29/nation/20090129212402&sec=nation

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