Police say man who lit himself on fire to escape detention was drunk, disorderly

Source: The Malay Mail Online

IPOH, Aug 23 — A man suffered burns on parts of his body when he lit a cigarette lighter while trying to escape from police after he was detained at the Jelapang police station, here, yesterday.

Perak Criminal Investigation Department chief, Datuk Gan Tian Kee said in the incident at 12.22pm, police detained the 47-year-old man for causing a disturbance at the police station by struggling when he was handcuffed from behind.

“The suspect took out the lighter from his trousers pocket and lit it, causing parts of his body to be burnt before police put out the fire by using water from a nearby tap,” he said in a statement, here, tonight.

He said the suspect was then taken to Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here for treatment and police also seized a parang found on the motorcycle the suspect rode.

Gan said the incident occurred when the suspect went to the police station to lodge a report, but was advised to go home as he was in a drunken state and to return later to make the report when his condition was stable. Read more

MP wants independent probe on self-immolation bid in police station

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 — A man’s alleged suicide bid by setting himself on fire inside a Perak police station must be investigated independently and not by the police, said DAP MP M. Kulasegaran today.

Kulasegaran, who is also the lawyer for the man’s family, said the incident today involving 47-year-old security guard Baskar Rao is deemed to have been while he was in “police custody” as he was handcuffed then.

Kulasegaran said it would be “unfair and unreasonable” for the police to investigate their own personnel for the police’s alleged wrongdoing.

“Ridiculous as it may sound, the general rule is the police will investigate the wrongs done by the police themselves.

“I urge the home minister to order an independent task force and inquiry to ascertain as to how Baskar set fire to himself in the Jelapang police compound.

“I am sure the police CCTV was functioning at the material time which will provide much of the required information,” the DAP national vice chairman said in a statement today. Read more