GEORGE TOWN: Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh today urged the police to investigate a cop who had opened fire on a motorcyclist who ran a red light in Alor Star yesterday.
The 21-year-old pillion rider on the motorcycle was seriously injured as a result.
In a statement, Ramkarpal said there was no justifiable reason for the police to open fire on another unless his life was in danger.
He said based on reports, the policeman involved was clearly not in danger at that time.
“Further, it must be remembered that other road users could have been injured in this incident and the use of firearms, especially in non-life threatening situations, cannot be condoned.
“The use of firearms in public by the police or any enforcement officer must be controlled and restricted to only cases in which their safety is gravely in danger, which might not have been so in this case,” the DAP national legal bureau chief said.
Ramkarpal urged the Kedah police’s Criminal Investigation Department chief Mior Farid Alathrash Wahid to reveal his investigations into the matter and whether the officer involved would face a disciplinary inquiry.
Earlier today, MyWatch posted a police report by the father of the 21-year-old male victim, from Kuala Kedah, who was shot in the incident.
In the report, the man claimed that a police officer fired shots at a motorcycle driven by his son’s friend, with his son riding pillion.
The shot hit his son’s left arm, crushing a bone and requiring urgent surgery, the man said.
The man also claimed that the police officer had just driven past his son after firing the shot and did not call for an ambulance, despite his son’s plea for help as he was profusely bleeding.
It is learnt that the 21-year-old victim is in a stable condition and would be undergoing surgery at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Star.
When contacted for comments, Mior Farid confirmed that a police report had been received and he would revert with details later.