Four policemen in Malaysia face suspension in connection with the custodial death of a 32-year-old ethnic Indian man here,even as a probe into the incident by a high-powered committee continued.
Yes,that is being done, Malaysias Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said,confirming that the four officers,who were on duty when N Dharmendran died on May 21,would be suspended from active duty,Malaysian newspaper Star reported Monday.
He assured that they would not let off any individual responsible for deaths in custody,especially if investigations are done using methods outside of the forces approved standard operating procedures (SOP).
A high-powered investigating committee led by the inspector-general of police continued to probe Dharmendrans death.
Dharmendran died while he was detained at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters. He had complained of severe chest pain and was sent to a city hospital but died on arrival.
His wife M Marry,26,had accused the police of delaying investigations and harassing her family.
We have a post-mortem report from forensic expert which stated that the cause of my husbands death was multiple blunt force trauma. Why are they still calling up my family and even my lawyer? They havent even arrested a single cop responsible, she was quoted by media reports as saying.
Strategic director of Malaysian Indian Congress,S Vell Paari,have threatened to hold protests and street rallies against deaths in custody of Dharmendran and two others in the past two weeks.
There have been eight deaths in police custody this year,including the latest case of 42-year-old P Karuna Nithi at the Tampin police station last Saturday.