Death in custody case: Police officer under probe


KUALA LUMPUR: A police officer is being investigated for ignoring a court order demanding the release of S Balamurugan who subsequently died in custody earlier this month, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said.

He said police were now waiting for the full report of the first post-mortem but will call the pathologist involved in the second post mortem for further details as the report was “too brief”.

It was previously reported that a second post-mortem confirmed that Balamurugan had suffered from “multiple beatings” while in custody.

According to his family’s lawyers, N Surendran and Latheefa Koya, results of the second post-mortem carried out by Hospital Kuala Lumpur showed Balamurugan suffered multiple injuries to the chest, head, legs and back, which triggered heart failure.

Balamurugan, 44, died on Feb 8 while at the North Klang police station.

He was detained on Feb 6 and taken to court to obtain a remand the next day.

The Magistrate’s Court rejected the remand order and ordered Balamurugan to be freed, but this was apparently not done.

His brother, Balraj, in an affidavit, said the family could not accept the Klang hospital’s conclusion from the first post-mortem which stated his brother had died due to “heart problems”.

Following Balamurugan’s death, North Klang police chief Mohd Yusoff Mamat was reported as saying that 10 policemen at the North Klang police headquarters were under investigation.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) and Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) are also investigating Balamurugan’s death.

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