PETALING JAYA: A PKR MP today added to the call for the officers involved in the custodial death of S Balamurugan to be charged with murder, following a report confirming that the police were involved in serious breach of conduct and abuse of power.
Padang Serai MP N Surendran said the police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) must act immediately in taking the necessary action and bringing the appropriate charges.
“This matter has already dragged on for almost a year.
“In the light of the evidence produced by the EAIC, it is incredible that one year later, none of the police personnel implicated have been charged for murder,” he said in a statement.
Surendran, who is also a lawyer, was referring to the findings of the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC), which confirmed yesterday that police were responsible for the death of Balamurugan last February.
It said police had failed to follow an order by the Magistrate’s Court to release Balamurugan, after a request to remand him was rejected.
The court had also ordered the police to seek medical assistance for Balamurugan.
The EAIC also requested the AGC to prosecute two police officers responsible for the death but stopped short of specifying the charges.
The report also confirmed that Balamurugan had died due to coronary artery disease with multiple blunt force injuries.
Surendran said these, along with “horrifying new details” revealed in the report of Balamurugan screaming in pain and begging for help while being beaten at the Bandar Baru Klang police station, were “harrowing and deeply painful” to the family.
“The combination of the medical evidence and eyewitness accounts of torture and beatings resulting in death are legally more than adequate to bring charges of murder and/or abetment of murder against the police personnel involved,” he said.
“On behalf of the family of S Balamurugan, I call for the police personnel responsible for Balamurugan’s painful and terrible death to be charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, for murder.”