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Malaysia classifies death of Indian as murder

Malaysia classified as murder the death of an ethnic Indian while in police custody after the victim's family questioned the autopsy report.

Malaysia on Friday classified as murder the death of an ethnic Indian while in police custody after the victim’s family questioned the autopsy report.

The country’s Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has classified the death of A Kugan,a car theft suspect,while in police custody as murder.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department T Murugiah said Abdul Gani contacted him this morning to inform him about the issue and to convey the matter to the victim’s family members and to the public.

“He (Abdul Gani) had instructed the police to carry out thorough investigations,” Murugiah told reporters here and hoped that the victim’s family would cooperate fully in the impending investigations.

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“In this respect,we should give our full cooperation and not point fingers on any quarter,” he said.

Twenty-two-year-old Kugan,who was arrested on January 15 on suspicion of being involved in the theft of luxury cars,was found dead while in police custody on Tuesday last.

Kugan’s family claimed that there were injuries on his body even as the autopsy report said that the death was due to fluid accumulation in the lungs.

Murugiah said he also received complaints from Kugan’s family stating dissatisfaction over the report that they caused commotion at the Serdang Hospital mortuary when in fact they were only appealing to be allowed to see Kugan’s body after waiting for eight hours.