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Kugan: Trouble-makers At Kugan's Procession Or Funeral Face Stern Action

Contributed by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 27 @ 08:08:24 CST

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 Puchong.

"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 public.

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 added.

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 any action.

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.

“The 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.

Kugan, 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.

Selangor 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 Aman.

“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.

On 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.



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