IGP orders inquest into Batu Arang shootout

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador says he is confident his men had carried out their jobs according to the standard operating procedures.

GEORGE TOWN: Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador today said he would order an inquest into the shooting of three men in a car chase in Batu Arang, Selangor.

He said while he was confident that his men had carried out their jobs according to the standard operating procedures, out of public interest, an inquest would be held to clear the air.

“There is nothing to hide. There are some assuming that I am hiding something and protecting my officers.

“So, let the inquest look into this,” Hamid said on the sidelines of a press conference in Bayan Baru here today.

The shootout earlier this month occurred when a police patrol ordered a car carrying three men – Sri Lankan national Janarthanan Vijayaratnam, his brother-in-law Thavaselvan and Maghendran Santhirasegaran – to pull over at Bandar Country Homes.

The men, however, refused to comply with the police order to pull over.

A 7km chase ensued and the police were fired upon. Police returned fire and the three men were killed.

Police said Thavaselvan and Maghendran were wanted members of the 08 gang in Rawang, while Janarthanan had overstayed his visa.