Family sends memo to cops over Bala’s death


Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: There was a little drama when the family of S. Bala Murugan showed up at Bukit Aman with several Opposition politicians.

The group showed up at around 11.20am yesterday to hand over a memorandum to the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to seek justice for Bala who died in police custody last week.

However, they were unhappy that only an inspector was there to meet them. While Bala’s wife and daughter stood silent, Klang MP Charles Santiago, Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Batu MP Tian Chua and former Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam demanded to see a senior officer.

IGP secretariat corporate communications chief Asst Comm Datin Asmawati Ahmad then showed up and apologised for not being able to see them sooner as she was in a meeting. The group handed over the memorandum, which included demands for an independent investigation into Bala’s death. Asmawati assured them that it would be deli­vered directly to Khalid.

Bala, 44, died at the North Klang police headquarters on Feb 7.

Prior to his death, he had been taken to court for a remand order, which was denied after the magistrate saw him vomit blood.

The court ordered that he be brought to the hospital or be released. How­ever, Bala was taken to the police headquarters where he died.