I saw a group beating someone on the ground, witness tells Adib inquest

Nasaruddin Abdullah

SHAH ALAM: A witness today told the inquest into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim that he saw some people beating an individual during the Seafield temple fracas last November.

Nasaruddin Abdullah said he saw some of those in a group kicking and punching someone on the ground.

“About five or six of them were beating and punching a person while others were screaming profanities,” he said in Tamil through an interpreter. Nasaruddin is a convert.

He said this when asked by conducting officer Hamdan Hamzah about what he had seen during the early hours of Nov 27, 2018, along Jalan Usaha in Subang Jaya.

Nasaruddin said the beating was over in less than a minute and that he then saw someone being carried away from the crowd to a nearby petrol station.

“I remember, the person who was being carried away from the scene was wearing the pants of a fireman’s uniform. I also saw some bystanders taking videos and pictures,” he added.

Nasaruddin said the group later ran to the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, situated opposite Jalan Usaha, after some people said the police were coming.

Asked by lawyer Kamaruzaman A Wahab, representing Adib’s family, whether he had heard anyone screaming for help at the scene, Nasaruddin said he did not hear any scream for help.

Previously, a witness, Narresh Rajandran had said he sought help from some civilians to send the unconscious fireman (Adib) to the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC).

Meanwhile, former army officer Mohd Hafisan Nordin told the inquest he drove Adib to SJMC after a group of people came seeking help to find a vehicle to take the fireman to the hospital.

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.