AMPANG JAYA, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- Do not provoke or cause trouble.
That was the warning issued by Deputy Inspector General of Police
Tan Sri Ismail Omar to those who wished to take part in the funeral
procession of A. Kugan, who died while in custody at the Taipan, USJ 8
Subang Jaya police station on Jan 22.
He said those taking part in the procession from Universiti Malaya
Medical Centre (UMMC) to Bt 14, Puchong, should not provoke racial
sentiments that may spark untoward incidents.
Ismail cautioned that stern action would be taken against "trouble-makers" at tomorrow's procession, scheduled to start at 2pm.
"I really hope the procession will be a peaceful one and one that
is in accordance with Kugan's faith, and done with proper rituals and
rites. Police respect the deceased family's needs and thus we have
allowed the procession from UMMC to the Hindu Crematorium in Bt 14
"However if people try to divert the procession or start a
demonstration, we will initiate action. I urge them remain calm and not
be emotional and please stop spreading unwanted messages which does not
benefit anyone," he said.
He told reporters this at the Ampang Jaya Police Headquarters,
after chairing a coordination meeting on the investigation of Kugan's
death, in the presence of Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar.
He also warned those who may take advantage of the procession for their own mileage.
Kugan who was detained on Jan 15 on suspicion of being involved in
luxury car theft cases, collapsed and died at the station on Jan 22,
while being questioned by police.
Police initially classified the case as sudden death but the
23-year-old's family later released photographs of the deceased with
bruises and severe marks on his body, deep cuts on his wrists and
bruises on his legs, apparently taken at the Serdang Hospital mortuary,
while awaiting a post-mortem.
This then prompted the family to request for a second post-mortem at the UMMC.
Subsequently Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Gani Patail, ordered
the case to be reclassified as murder after the photographs were made
Asked on Majlis Permuafakatan Ummah's (Pewaris) decision to gather
at the UMMC tomorrow to protest the procession, Ismail said: "I would
like to make it clear again, don't take things for granted."
"We have said it many times, do not create any chaotic situation
or else be prepared to face the law if you want to break the law," he
Asked if any police personal would be charged with Kugan's death,
he said the police would await the A-G's directive before initiating
Meanwhile, deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department,
senator T. Murugiah today urged everyone to restrain from any form of
demonstration, including displaying banners condemning the police.
"Since the government has fulfilled the family's request for a
second post-mortem and also pledged an in-depth investigation into the
matter, there should be no demonstrations," he told Bernama.
He added that everyone must respect the law of the country and let the investigation take its course.
"Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Attorney
General had given assurance that there will be no cover up and that a
thorough investigation will be carried out. So we should respect the
government's initiative," said Murugiah.
*******Pewaris Appeals To Samy Vellu Over Funeral Protest
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- Pewaris, a non-governmental
organisation, today appealed to MIC president Datuk Seri Samy Vellu to
urge the Indian community not to get involved in any protest
demonstrations during tomorrow's funeral procession for A.Kugan, a
suspect in a car theft case who died while in police custody.
Pewaris deputy chairman II Rahimuddin Md Harun told a press
conference here that any protest during the procession was inadvisable
as it might offend the sensitivities of others.
Yesterday, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar issued a
warning that police would take stern action if the procession was used
to stage illegal protest demonstrations.
Kugan's remains will be brought from the University Malaya Medical
Centre near here to the Batu 14 Puchong crematorium for final rites
before being cremated.
Kugan, 22, was arrested on Jan 15 on suspicion of being involved in the theft of luxury cars.
He died on Jan 20 while detained at the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya. The case has been classified as murder.
Anwar demands royal commission to probe Kugan's death
By : Kalbana Perimbanayagam
Jan 27 2009
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called for the formation
of an independent Royal Commission to deal with cases like A. Kugan’s.
After visiting the 22-year-old’s family in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong,
Anwar told newsmen the numerous allegations of police brutality and
other abuses must be independently investigated.
commission must be a stand alone commission without interference by any
political party. The investigation of such cases must be carried out by
officers without affiliation or connection to the affected agency.
Frequently, the higher officers handling investigations are from the same agency. The level of transparency is less,” he said.
who was remanded to assist investigations into several robberies and
luxury car thefts, died at the Taipan police station in USJ, Subang
Jaya, on Jan 20.
The first post-mortem revealed that he died from fluid in the
lungs, but Kugan’s family claim police brutality while he was in
custody. The family entered the Serdang Hospital mortuary the night he
died and took photographs of his body, which showed severe bruising.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam,
MP Subang R. Sivarasa, MP Kota Raja Dr Siti Maria Mahmud, and Pas
vice-president Husam Musa visited Kugan’s family with Anwar for about
45 minutes yesterday afternoon.
Kugan’s uncle Ravi Roy said the
family has yet to receive the full report of the second post-mortem,
but they believe it will reveal the truth.
He said the family
does not blame the entire police force for Kugan’s suffering, only
those responsible for his death. But he was disappointed the officers
under investigation were temporarily moved to desk duties at Bukit
“It’s unfair. A regular person would be remanded pending
investigation, but those involved in my nephew’s killing have only been
demoted to desk jobs. The culprits should be treated the same way
others are,” he said.
Kugan’s burial is expected to be held tomorrow at 3pm at the Puchong Batu 14 Hindu burial ground.
Jan 21, Kugan’s body was taken to the burial ground after the funeral
rites, but was redirected to the University Malaya Medical Centre after
a request for a second post-mortem. This took place on Sunday, and the
detailed report is expected to be ready in about a week.