Custodial deaths: This time, heads must roll!

Source: Astro Awani

In Malaysia, the number of deaths in police custody is significantly high and has become a matter of public concern and scrutiny. Photo for illustration purpose

In Malaysia, the number of deaths in police custody is significantly high and has become a matter of public concern and scrutiny. Photo for illustration purpose

KUALA LUMPUR: On March 20, another custodial death has allegedly taken place in Tapah prison in Perak.

R. Siva, 30 was supposed to have been released on March 20 but when a family member went to the prison to bring him home, he learnt the unbelievable: the detainee had died and his body taken to the Tapah Hospital, awaiting post-mortem.

As news of his death in police lock up resurfaced, one can expect the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) to dutifully announce that the agency would investigate the matter.

It is only the first-quarter of the year and already four custodial deaths have been reported, to date.

The EAIC had reportedly confirmed several weeks ago that it has formed a task force aimed at investigating the deaths of two inmates — Soh Kai Chiok at the Bera district police headquarters in Pahang on Jan 18 and S. Balamurugan at the Klang Utara district police headquarters in Selangor — on Feb 8.

This was followed by the investigation of M.Thanaseelan at the Bukit Sentosa police station lock up in Hulu Selangor on Feb 25. Read more