GEORGE TOWN: The late T Nhaveen’s family is upset that a picture of a man, spreading wildly on social media, has been claimed to be that of Nhaveen after being assaulted last Friday.
Nhaveen’s aunty, Premalatha Ganapathi, 35, said a picture of a naked, thin man with blood stains lying on some grass was made viral.
“It is definitely not Nhaveen. The man in the photo has tattoos, ‘skinhead’ hair style, with a muscular build. Nhaveen has none of those.
“We plead with all to stop spreading such fake pictures, please,” she said when met by reporters today.
Checks showed the picture being circulated are of a fight victim at Kuching City Mall yesterday.
Premalatha said conmen had also targeted her by opening a fake Facebook account under her name, soliciting donations for Nhaveen’s wake.
“I have a different Facebook account under a different name. And our family has not asked for donations,” she said.
Nhaveen, 18, and his friend, T Previin, 19, were reported to have been at a burger stall in Taman Tun Sardon, Gelugor, in the early hours of June 10 when they bumped into two other teenagers. A fight is said to have broken out.
Previin escaped with injuries but Nhaveen was allegedly taken to a field where three other teenagers joined in brutalising Nhaveen with crash helmets and burning him with cigarette butts. He was also sodomised with an object.