Injured inmate: Finish probe first, says Ramasamy


PETALING JAYA: Penang police have jumped the gun by claiming the injuries sustained by prisoner Chandran Muniandy are due to a fall, said P Ramasamy.

The Penang deputy chief minister II said police should complete their investigations first before attempting to explain to the public what they believed had happened to 42-year-old Chandran.

It is for this reason too that Ramasamy refused to accept the “simple and premature” explanation they provided, adding that he would “discuss with his lawyers to make sure the family got the truth”.

“Some things the police said did not make sense,” he told FMT.

“For example, police said that Chandran’s missing toenails were removed because he had a skin disease. But I spoke to his mother and she said he didn’t have any disease.”

According to a report by the Star Online, Chandran was sentenced to six months’ in jail for causing hurt with a dangerous weapon. He was placed in Seberang Prai Prison Complex in Sungai Jawi, Penang, on Jan 20.

But his mother, in a police report filed over the weekend, said on Feb 8 she was notified by a prison officer that Chandran had been admitted into the intensive care unit of the Seberang Jaya government hospital. He is still in hospital.

She also said the doctor in charge of Chandran had said that on top of visible injuries on his head and legs, his skull was also found to be cracked.

South Seberang Prai police chief Supt Shafee Abdul Samad, speaking to the Star Online today, said Chandran had fallen in the toilet and that he was a psychiatric patient.

“This is another questionable statement,” said Ramasamy in response.

“His mother was never informed that he was a psychiatric patient. Is there a doctor who can confirm this?”

Ramasamy said he would wait for full and thorough investigation reports by the state police and the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC).

“The Penang state police chief and EAIC chief have both promised to investigate what happened to Chandran. So I will wait for their reports.”

Chandran’s case comes in the wake of the death of S Balamurugan who died on Feb 8 while in police custody. According to news reports, Balamurugan was found with his face badly swollen and bleeding.