POLICE LINE DIVIDE:
tense demonstration, two middle-ranked police officers opened
discussions with representatives of the demonstrators on how many
people would be allowed to enter the Bukit Aman premise to submit a
memorandum on Kugan’s death to Deputy CID director Datuk Rodwan Yusof.
Eventually, the seven selected included Kugan’s mother, sister and
brother. -- NST pix by MOHD FADLI HAMZAH
V. Anbalagan, Farrah Naz Karim & Jennifer Gomez
NST, Jan 23 2009
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has classified the death of
lock-up detainee S. Kugan as murder. He instructed the police to
investigate the death based on the injuries suffered by the deceased,
he told the NST this afternoon.
"The due course of law will take effect. Let the police investigate and
we will decide on the prosecution based on the evidence," he said.
In an immediate reaction, Datuk S. K. Devamany praised the Gani's initiative. "That’s very good," he told the NST.
reports that police are unhappy with him and Senator T. Murugiah for
joining the mob that a mob which forced its way into the Serdang
Hospital mortuary on Tuesday night to inspect Kugan's body, he said: "I
don’t regret going there. The rakyat needed us. After all, as an MIC
central committee member and as a deputy minister, this is my job, to
serve the rakyat and to serve the Indian community when they need help."
there is no foul play, then no one should be afraid. Let the law
prevail. For now, I can see that with the murder charges, justice has
The Human Rights Commission welcomed the Attorney-General's
instruction to police. Its chairman Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman said
probing the death was the “right thing to do.”
“Let the police collect the evidence for the attorney-general to decide
without fear or favour on the next course of action,” he said.
in Bukit Aman, about 50 Opposition and BN members joined Kugan's family
in demonstrating outside the national police headquarters, carrying
banners and demanding the resignation of Selangor police chief Datuk
Khalid Abu Bakar.
The crowd, which began gathering at 3pm,
became agitated when policemen ordered them to take down the banner at
4pm and disperse. However, the crowd ignored the order.
50-strong policemen also tried to take down the banner but the crowd
resisted and shouted at the police, claiming they wanted to demonstrate
At 3.30pm, two police officers began discussions
with the demonstrators on how many people can enter into the Bukit Aman
office to hand over a memorandum outlining their demands.
minutes later, seven members of the demonstrators, including Kugan's
mother, sister and brother joined the politicians to enter the Bukit
Aman premise and handed over the memorandum to Deputy Criminal
Investigations Department director Datuk Rodwan Yusof.
memorandum chiefly demanded a second post-mortem be carried out on
Kugan's body and insisted that a special Bukit Aman team handle the
investigations besides imploring that Selangor police stay out of the
probe. The demonstrators eventually dispersed at 5.20pm.
in KUCHING, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan pledged
that an in-depth investigation will be launched into Kugan's death.
probe will be carried out despite a post-mortem report indicating that
Kugan’s death was due to pulmonary edema or fluid ac*****ulation in the
Musa, however, criticised the actions of a mob which
forced its way into the Serdang Hospital mortuary on Tuesday night,
evicted the hospital staff and locked themselves in for two hours.
They were believed to have taken pictures of Kugan’s body, which they claimed had bruises all over.
mob incident has only tampered with evidence, which shouldn't happen in
the first place. The group should not have obstructed the medical team
from performing their duties that night.
“If the family insists
on another post mortem, then it is up to them and it is also up to
whether a doctor is willing to do so. As far as the investigation goes,
the post mortem was conducted by an authorised government medical
officer,” said Musa after chairing the 1st Tripartite meeting between
the police chiefs of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei yesterday.
was arrested on Jan 14 to assist police in several robbery and car
theft cases. With his assistance, police recovered 15 stolen luxury
vehicles. He collapsed and died during interrogation on Tuesday morning.
have contacted two deputy ministers, Senator T. Murugaiah and Datuk
S.K. Devamany, both with the Prime Minister's Department, to have their
Both were said to have been there during
the incident, but have claimed they were contacted separately and
arrived only after the mob had locked themselves in. Both have said
they were willing to cooperate in the investigations.
Police have also identified most of the 50 people in the mob.
The Bar Council used Kugan's death to call on the authorities to expedite ongoing inquests into other custodial deaths.
are deeply concerned that this custodial death will be relegated to a
mere statistic like the others," Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga
Sreenevasan said in a statement.
The look in the eyes says it all. The
crowd which gathered this afternoon in Bukit Aman are not going to give
up on the now classified ‘murder’ case of A Kugan. The policemen,
right, keeping the cordon would be thinking too of the 11 policemen now
being questioned over their watch of Kugan, leading to his death. — pic
by Choo Choy May, themalaysianinsider.com
MIC Youth wants independent probe into Kugan’s death
By A. LETCHUMANAN
KUALA LUMPUR: MIC Youth on Friday called for an independent inquiry into the death of suspected car thief A. Kugan. Its
coordinator T. Mohan said the inquiry would be able to shed light on
what had happened. The 22-year-old Kugan died in police custody on
Tuesday after being detained for five days. He was being held under a two-week remand order to facilitate investigations into several luxury car thefts. Mohan
also denied claims that Kugan’s family had “barged” into the Serdang
Hospital mortuary on Tuesday night to look at his body. “In
fact, it was the hospital authorities who gave permission for the
family to identify the body,” he said, adding that family members were
shocked to see the injuries on the body. Mohan denied Selangor
police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar’s allegation that the
family had “tampered” with Kugan’s remains during the incident. “DCP
Khalid seems to have jumped the gun by shifting blame to family members
when the actual culprits ... are still free,” he said. According to the post-mortem report, Kugan died because he had liquid in his lungs. It is however not known what caused this. MIC
Youth division leaders throughout the country have lodged more than 25
reports at various police stations urging an investigation into Kugan’s
death as well as for action to be taken against Khalid. The state police chief had earlier vowed that there would be no cover-up in police investigations into the death. Meanwhile,
Klang MP Charles Santiago criticised Khalid for trying to protect his
officers and for claiming that Kugan had died of breathing difficulties. “I
have watched the video recording of Kugan taken at the mortuary and
there were severe marks on his body, deep cuts on his wrists and
bruises on his legs,” the DAP politician claimed. Santiago said this was not the first case of police detainees being abused or of custodial death.