PETALING JAYA: A second post mortem on S Balamurugan, 44, who died in police custody, has confirmed that he suffered “multiple beatings” while in custody, say his family’s lawyers.
In a statement, lawyers N Surendran and Latheefa Koya said results of the second post mortem carried out by Hospital Kuala Lumpur pathologists showed Balamurugan suffered multiple injuries to the chest, head, legs and back, which triggered a heart failure.
Based on the findings, the lawyers called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of all police personnel who were involved in Balamurugan’s assault.
He died in police custody on Feb 8 in the North Klang police station, and according to news reports he was found with his face badly swollen and bleeding.
The first post mortem carried out at the Klang Hospital indicated that he died of “heart problems”. His family requested a second post mortem and this was granted by the Shah Alam High Court.
The lawyers said the HKL pathologist identified the cause of death as “coronary artery disease with multiple blunt force injuries”.
“In other words, because Balamurugan had an underlying heart condition, the beatings he received in police custody triggered heart failure,” said the lawyers.
They also said since the cause of death was clear, there was no need for any inquest into the matter.
“The results of the second autopsy leave no room for any further delay in bringing those responsible for this heinous crime to justice.”
Previously, it was reported that Balamurugan’s brother Balraj claimed his brother was injured and had vomited blood when he was taken to the Magistrates Court for a remand hearing.
Balamurugan was initially arrested on Feb 6 and taken to court to obtain a remand order the next day. The Magistrate’s Court rejected the remand application and ordered Balamurugan to be freed but the police didn’t release him.
It has been reported that 10 policemen at the North Klang police headquarters are under investigation for Balamurugan’s death.
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia and the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission are also investigating Balamurugan’s death.