PETALING JAYA – The family of a Sri Lankan who was shot dead by police last Saturday has produced evidence to disprove the police version of events.
Yesterday, the family of Janarthanan Vijayaratnam showed theSun flight tickets for his departure from London’s Gatwick Airport on Aug 26 and arrival at KLIA the following day, as well as his return ticket to England on Sept 23.
They also provided copies of his income tax, council tax and other documents that indicated he was working and living in England.
Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin said on Wednesday that police were engaged in a shootout with three men following a 7km chase on Saturday night. All three, including Janarthanan, were killed.
Janarthanan’s sister in-law Vasanthi Govindasamy reiterated the family’s stand that the explanation provided by the police was inaccurate.
“We have proof that he was in England and only arrived in Malaysia on Aug 27. I have the supporting documents to prove that he was not in Malaysia as the police alleged,” she added.
Inquest into Batu Arang shootout a waste of time, says lawyer
PETALING JAYA: The lawyer representing the families of the three men killed in the recent Batu Arang shootout has dismissed Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador’s order for an inquest into the shooting, calling it an “eyewash”.
P Uthayakumar told FMT there had been no inquest so far that had led to the prosecution of any policeman for deaths caused.
“I’ve attended some inquests. The whole thing, I can feel, I can sense, I know as an experienced lawyer, is a cover-up for the police.
“As for the attorney-general, there’s a police report against the police for murder. You charge these Special Action Unit (UTK) members who killed these people. Only then will this whole thing stop,” he said.
Uthayakumar then urged the authorities to give him the powers of a “special counsel”, saying he will then produce the evidence against the policemen involved.
“Like Robert Mueller in the US; like Sulaiman Abdullah or Gopal Sri Ram, give me a fiat and I will do the job. I will do it,” he said.
“Give me the power to investigate. I will produce the evidence.”
Police said a shootout occurred on Sept 14 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.
According to police, the men, however, refused to comply with the police order to pull over.
A 7km chase ensued and 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.
Relatives of the men shot dead have asked police to publish footage from their dashboard cameras on the police patrol car to set the record straight as to what happened.
Relatives claim Janarthanan’s wife, Moganambal Govindasamy, was missing after the shooting. However, Selangor police chief Noor Azam Jamaluddin said there was no woman in the car.