We’re upping efforts to track down Indira’s daughter, top cop says

Police are still looking for Prasana Diksa, who was taken by Indira Gandhi’s former husband, Muhammad Riduan Abdullah. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Top cop Abdul Hamid Bador today assured that his men are increasing efforts to track down M Indira Gandhi’s daughter who was taken by the kindergarten teacher’s former husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah 10 years ago.

“Don’t talk about religion,” he told reporters after launching an event in Cheras here today. “This is a very sad case. I am taking a personal interest in it.

“Talk about a mother and daughter. I am prodding my men to double their efforts,” he added.

Hamid said the police still have no leads on Indira’s claim that Riduan has been receiving help from the followers of Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik to hide their daughter, Prasana Diksa.

However, he reiterated that the police are investigating the allegation.

Indira was called in by the police in Ipoh last week to clarify her claim after lodging a report on the matter.

In the report lodged at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters, she said she suspected PAS-friendly NGOs, southern Thailand separatists and “mualaf” followers of Naik of being involved in protecting Riduan.

On a separate issue, Hamid said the police would also follow standard operating procedures when detaining autistic individuals and adults with Down’s Syndrome.

He said there are 320,000 people with autism in the country while 478 children with the disorder have been born to members of the police force.

“We are training our force to follow SOP when detaining anyone with autism,” he said.