Man found dead in oil palm plantation after running away from attackers

DAWN CHAN



KUALA SELANGOR: Police are investigating the death of a man who was attacked with machetes and last seen running into an oil palm plantation to escape two assailants in Taman Sinaran, Bestari Jaya last night.

The body of 34-year-old Sukumaran Arumugam was discovered in the plantation, some 55m from his house, with stab wounds on his chest and injuries on his shoulders, at about 7.15am today.

He was clad only in a pair of black and green shorts.

A short distance away, police recovered a pair of slippers which was later confirmed to have belonged to Sukumaran.

Bloodstains were also spotted near the slippers and on the road in front of Sukumaran’s house.

Kuala Selangor district police chief Superintendent Ruslan Abdullah said initial investigations showed that Sukumaran was drinking with his friends at his house when two men alighted from a car and attacked him at about 11.30pm.

“Sukumaran ran into the plantation and the two assailants chased after him. However, as it was pitch dark, they decided to leave. Sukumaran’s friends and passers-by tried to look for him in the plantation until 4.30am but failed to find him.

“It was only at 7.15am when a member of the public called MERS 999 to say that she found a body.

“Our investigations revealed that Sukumaran had a past criminal record. We have sent the body to Sungai Buloh Hospital for a post-mortem.

“This case has been classified as murder. We have identified the two assailants and efforts to locate them are on-going,” said Ruslan.