Why are all shots fired by cops on chest, face, asks lawyer

KUALA LUMPUR: The families of three men shot dead by police in Rawang on Sept 14 are demanding answers as to why none of the gunshots were aimed at the legs and all were aimed at the chest and face, according to lawyer P Uthayakumar.

In a letter to Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Inspector-General of Police Hamid Bador today, Uthyakumar said the five children of the dead men deserved answers, too.

He asked how the two children of British permanent resident V Janarthanan, of Sri Lankan origin, who was one of the three shot dead, and his wife, G Moganambal, who is still missing, could return home “empty-handed”.

Police had earlier said that on Sept 14, a police patrol ordered a car carrying Janarthanan, his brother-in-law Thavaselvan and Maghendran Santhirasegaran – to pull over at Bandar Country Homes.

Police said when the men refused to pull over, a 7km chase ensued and when police were fired upon, they returned fire, killing the three men.

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

Govindasamy, who is the father of Moganambal and Thavaselvan, later claimed that his daughter was also with the trio at the time of the incident and that she was now missing.

However, Selangor police have denied that Moganambal was in the car at the time of the shooting.

Lawyer P Uthayakumar is seeking an urgent meeting with the IGP.

Uthayakumar, in his letter, said the family wanted to know “why there were no gunshot wounds on the legs but all gunshot wounds are on the chest for Janarthanan and Maghendran and chest and head (face) for Thavaselvan if this encounter was not a shoot-to-kill policy by the Malaysian police, according to the police report by a widow, Madam Jasminder.

“Further, there were bruises on Thavaselvan’s head and body. A hand was broken and one tooth was broken.”

He said he was informed of this after the body was brought back to Thavaselvan’s home in Taman Metropolitan, Kuala Lumpur, from the Sungai Buloh Hospital mortuary, this morning.

Uthayakumar said despite “urgent letters” to the IGP, dated Sept 17 and Sept 20, they had yet to be informed of the whereabouts of Moganambal.

“It is a tragedy and misery enough that their father has been killed by the police but how do the children leave the country next week to resume schooling ‘empty-handed’ without their mother?”

He said they had yet to receive copies of the dashcam recordings from the police vehicles, the first information report, all relevant police reports, and Section 112 statements by all the United Tindakan Khas (UTK) shooting squad policemen.

Uthayakumar also said the IGP had yet to confirm if the policemen involved in the shooting had been arrested and to provide the post-mortem reports.

He is seeking an urgent appointment to meet the IGP.