Why did Serdang doctor run, asks IGP

Khalid Abu BakarPETALING JAYA: In a continuing row over police treatment of a Serdang hospital doctor, the Inspector-General of Police has maintained that the doctor had roused suspicion by running away during a raid on nearby food stalls.

The IGP said in a statement today that the doctor’s own actions had roused the suspicions of the police team.

Yesterday, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam had said that Dr Thanendran Renganathan had feared for his life when several masked men approached him. “Out of fear, he did not cooperate when he was ordered to as the officers had no identifying markings or police insignia,” he was quoted as saying.

However, Khalid said that the doctor should not have been nervous in such a situation as his father is a member of the police force and an in-law was a former senior police officer.

The IGP’s statement came after accusations were made that the police team manhandled the doctor when conducting a raid in an investigation into suspected criminals on October 7.

Khalid questioned why Dr Thanendran was the only one among about 10 people who had run away.

“It’s clear that they knew that a police operation was happening, based on the shouts of “Police!” by the police, as well as the bulletproof vests emblazoned with the words “Polis” and “Stafoc” worn by the police during the raid,” Khalid said in a statement.

Khalid said police had followed procedures when making the arrest. He denied that police had kicked the doctor. He said the doctor had said in his medical report that he stumbled, slipped and fell in front of the hospital lobby.

“During the arrest, he was still resisting so the police had to cuff him,” said Khalid.