A TRAFFIC police officer who was at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple on the night of the riots told an inquest today that he did not see any firemen being beaten by a mob that had earlier attacked a fire truck.
Subang Jaya traffic police chief Mohd Nasir Rahman said the truck was surrounded when he arrived at the scene.
He estimated there were 3,500 to 5,000 people, believed to be Indians, who had gathered in front of the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
“After an object was thrown at the fire truck, smashing its front front windscreen, the driver reversed the vehicle. He then went in front, reversing again before leaving the scene,” Nasir told the Shah Alam coroner’s court.
Nasir said he was standing some 80m to 100m from where both the fire truck and EMRS vehicle were.
“I saw the truck being attacked, but I didn’t see any firemen being beaten up.
“I also did not see any fire personnel exiting the truck and EMRS vehicle.”
Deputy Public Prosecutor Hamdan Hamzah asked the witness if he could see the back of the fire truck from where he was standing.
“No,” said Nasir, adding the incident occurred for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Nasir said he immediately contacted his command centre on the attack on the fire truck.
“Another officer and I tried to approach the crowd but there was too many people around. We tried to enter the area but due to safety factors and since we were not equipped to handle the matter, we didn’t go in.”
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