Family of man killed in shootout wants cops to reveal wife’s whereabouts

A lawyer says Moganambal Govindasamy was with her husband Janarthanan Vijayaratnam when he was shot dead by police on Saturday.

PETALING JAYA: Family members of a man killed in a shootout with police on Saturday claim that authorities are withholding information on his wife who was present during the incident but who has not been seen since.

Sivahnanthan Ragava, the lawyer representing the families of the man and two others also shot dead, said the police had informed them that Moganambal Govindasamy was apprehended but had refused to say where she was.

However, Selangor police chief Noor Azam Jamaluddin denied this. He told FMT this evening that there was no woman in the car. There were only three men in the car. No woman,” he said.

He said he could not confirm the arrest of Moganambal as he had not been informed on the arrest of any woman.

Moganambal’s husband – Sri Lankan national Janarthanan Vijayaratnam – her brother Thavaselvan and another man Maghendran Santhirasegaran were killed in a shootout with police following a high-speed car chase at Batu Arang, Selangor.

The Star quoted Noor Azam as saying the trio, whom he described as robbers, had ignored an order by a police patrol team to pull over their car at Bandar Country Homes.

This led to a 7km chase, during which two of the men allegedly opened fire at the police officers, forcing them to return fire and killing all three.

Noor Azam said the car was found to be a stolen vehicle, adding that police seized two pistols, a machete, three ski masks and gloves from the suspects.

Sivahnanthan said the families were questioning the police’s version of events.

He claimed that the police refused to tell the families the whereabouts of Moganambal, who was also in the car.

“They don’t know what happened to her, whether she is alive or not, as the police refused to give them any information.

“The police must give a satisfactory explanation as to what happened to the woman,” he said, adding that the families had lodged police reports.