Mum of ‘missing’ woman distraught, suicidal, says lawyer

Moganambal Govindasamy with her husband, Sri Lankan Janarthanan Vijayaratnam, in happier times.

PETALING JAYA: The mother of a 35-year-old woman who went missing after a police shootout on the outskirts of Rawang about three months ago has become distraught after claiming authorities were slow to investigate the case, her lawyer said.

Thanaletchumy Munusamy, 60, the mother of Moganambal Govindasamy, has also become suicidal, P Uthayakumar said in a statement today.

“Thanaletchumy cries every day, she can no longer bear the heartache, pain and misery any longer,” he said.

Moganambal, a United Kingdom permanent resident, was with three men in a car – her Sri Lankan husband and UK permanent resident Janarthanan Vijayaratnam, her brother Thavaselvan and Maghendran Santhirasegaran – at Jalan Batu Arang on Sept 14 when they were involved in a shootout with police.

The men were shot dead but Moganambal was nowhere to be found.

Police had claimed they were involved in a 7km high-speed car chase early that morning after the men refused to pull over near a suburb in Rawang.

They said one of the suspects had opened fire on them, forcing them to shoot back in self-defence, after they assumed they were robbers.

Later, they said Thavaselvan and Maghendran were wanted members of the 08 gang in Rawang, while Janatharnan had overstayed his visa – claims which their families denied.

Selangor police chief Noor Azam Jamaluddin also denied that there was a woman in the car but opened a missing person’s case to investigate the alleged disappearance.

Today, the Sessions Court in Shah Alam ordered a three-day inquest into the shooting to be held from Dec 22.

Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmad said all parties involved, including police officers and rank-and-file personnel, would be called to testify at the inquest.