PETALING JAYA: Three weeks after filing a police report on the inaction of the Attorney-General over the outcome of an inquest into the death of an inmate in Kluang Prison in 2015, P Waythamoorthy has now accused the police of not acting on his report.
In a letter addressed to Inspector-General of Police Mohamed Fuzi Harun today, the Hindraf chairman questioned the “pin drop silence” on his report.
“I write to you to inquire whether you would perform your duty to investigate the Attorney-General for his inaction to what is possibly a crime of murder and drug trafficking within the Kluang prison or would you sweep it under the carpet like the many complaints lodged by ordinary citizens?” Waythamoorthy asked.
He also questioned the reason for the inaction by the police.
On March 3, Waythamoorthy filed the report calling for Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Fuzi to investigate the inaction of the AG on these “serious crimes committed by various parties”.
He was referring to the findings of the Johor Baru coroner Kamarudin Kamsun last November that prisoner Sasikumar Selvam did not hang himself in his cell on May 22, 2015, ruling instead that it was a case of homicide.
“Sasikumar’s grandmother Shushilarani authorised me to file this report on her behalf.
“Despite almost three months since the finding of the Coroner, we are suspicious of the attitude of the AG in remaining silent on such a serious issue of murder/homicide in prison possibly committed by prison authorities in an attempt to cover up the obvious drug racket at the Kluang prison,” Waythamoorthy said in a statement after filing the police report.
Sasikumar’s custodial death made the headlines after his grandmother lodged a police report three days after his death, saying that she had suspected foul play in the death of her grandson who was serving a 10-year sentence for theft of rice and sardines.
The prisons department and the police issued statements at the time that an investigation had been conducted and that there was no foul play.
In his ruling on Nov 14 last year, the JB coroner said that Sasikumar’s death was caused by person or persons unknown, and that the death was not a misadventure.
Kamarudin had also left it to the police to decide if it will conduct a thorough investigation to find those responsible.
In his letter to the IGP today, Waythamoorthy also suggested that a special team from Bukit Aman investigate the coroner’s ruling as well as the inaction of the AG.