SHAH ALAM: The inquest into Adib Kassim’s death was today told that the late fireman had nodded in affirmation when asked if he was attacked on the night of the Sri Maha Mariamman temple riots last November.
Adib’s supervisor, Syed Shahril Anuar Syed Sulaiman, said he communicated with the former in basic sign language when he visited Adib at IJN on Dec 5.
“When I asked Adib if he was pulled out and beaten, he responded by nodding his head and pointed to his left shoulder,” Syed Shahril said when asked by conducting officer Hamdan Hamzah.
Syed Shahril said Adib’s response to the questions led him to conclude that the latter was pulled out of the Emergency Medical Rescue Service (EMRS) van and was assaulted using weapons.
He then told the court that he discussed the matter with his state Fire and Rescue Services Department director, Azmi Osman, and both of them agreed that a set of questions needed to be posed to Adib once he was fit to respond.
On Dec 15, Syed Shahril said he went to the hospital with a set of 15 questions for Adib.
However, Syed Shahril said that during the second round of questioning, Adib was unable to remember whether he was beaten after being pulled out from the van.
Syazlin Mansor, the lawyer representing the local and housing government ministry, then asked Syed Shahril what prompted him to prepare the questions for Adib.
“There was speculation he was either hit by a vehicle or beaten up. I wanted to know the truth,” he said.
Adib’s inquest was called by the government amid conflicting claims on the cause of his death.
He was part of a response team sent from the Subang Jaya fire and rescue station on Nov 27 to the temple area in answer to a call that cars had been set on fire. He died at IJN on Dec 17.
The hearing continues tomorrow before coroner Rofiah Mohamad.