Denying that the police were slow to respond to the Dataran attack, the KL police chief reveals that two detectives were also hurt in the incident.
Revealing this at a press conference this afternoon, Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohmad Salleh denied that police personnel had allowed the attackers, who were clad in black, to rain blows on the students and destroy their tents.
He said that two plainclothes policemen were at the scene when the attack happened, and the incident transpired in a flash.
“Even two of our own plainclothes detectives were injured, so it is not right to say that the police did not act,” he said, adding that a total of seven people were injured.
One of those injured, a businessman in his 40s, was sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for treatment.
Contrary to claims that the police were slow to respond, Mohmad said his men were at the scene within minutes.
The police chief said that a 28-year-old self-employed man had been remanded for six days to facilitate investigations.
Despite eyewitness videos showing several attackers still present at the scene when the police arrived, Mohmad said only one arrest was made because “it was early in the morning and we could not differentiate between the attackers and those already there.”
Responding to a question if the attack was politically motivated, he refused to speculate, saying that the assailants could have been unhappy with the students’ presence.
He also confirmed that six police reports had been lodged on the incident.