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 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.
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. FMT
WATCHDOG DEMANDS RESPONSE TO DAMNING VIDEO BY FATHER OF DECEASED
Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (Caged) has demanded that the police respond to a damning video made by the father of a pair of siblings who were involved in the deadly shooting on Sept 14.
In a statement today, Caged said that the father, known only as Govindasamy, had alleged in the video that the killing of his son, Thavaselvan and the disappearance of his daughter, Moganambal, was related to the disappearance of A Sivaguru in 2016.
Sivaguru had disappeared in Jeli, Kelantan under mysterious circumstances and the police have revealed little about the matter since.
Among others, Govindasamy had alleged that Thavaselvan and two others – Mahendran and Janarthanan – were all assassinated with Sivaguru’s involvement.
In view of this, Caged urged the police to question Govindasamy.
“We call upon the IGP to question Govindasamy and vigorously pursue all leads to confirm or deny the public’s suspicions that there are police for hire to conduct abductions and murders in Malaysia.
“The badly tarnished name of the police must be recovered,” said Caged, which was formed as a pressure group on the alleged enforced disappearance of pastor Raymond Koh and trader Amri Che Mat.
Police had claimed that Thavaselvan, S Maghendran and V Janarthanan were killed in a shootout after a highspeed car chase. They also claim that the trio were wanted criminals.
However, the family has disputed this claim. Instead, they are claiming that the trio, along with Magonambal, went out for dinner and never came back.
They also dispute police claims that Janarthanan was a wanted criminal because he had not set foot in Malaysia for six years, and was only visiting the country with his wife Moganambal and family.
The police have promised an inquest into the deaths of the trio.– M’kini
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