Investigation papers on detainee's death in police custody submitted to AG's Chambers

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN


KUALA LUMPUR: Police have forwarded its investigation papers in relation to the death of 44-year-old S. Balamurugan, who died in police custody, to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for the next course of action.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police have opened two investigation papers to probe the case.

“One is under sudden death and another paper is under Section 330 of the Penal Code (for voluntarily causing hurt to extort a confession).

“We have finished our investigation and several recommendations have been made to the AGC and we are waiting for further instructions. Be patient,” he said, adding that he would not protect anyone including his men, should they commit any offences.

Balamurugan, 44, was arrested on Feb 6 for an alleged robbery case. He was taken to the magistrate’s court on the following day but his remand was rejected after he vomitted blood during the remand proceeding.

The court ordered that Balamurugan be taken to a hospital or released but police took him to the police headquarters where he later died.

A second post-mortem on Balamurugan’s body was conducted by Kuala Lumpur Hospital after it was granted by the Shah Alam High Court on Feb 15.