C Sugumar, unburied, still awaiting a 2nd autopsy….

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N. Dharmendran, 32, Indah Water employee, dead in police custody.

Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand: Champion of the Rights of the Dead

C. Sugumar: Lawyers’ Statement

Vishwaroopam

Violence and death at the hands of the Police

The Shooting of Pua Bee Chun, 22.

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Sugumar, 39 – who died of alleged police brutality on Jan 23 – was found in the bushes, his hands bound behind his back and face smeared with turmeric an hour after having a drink in Hulu Langat, Kajang.

His body still remains in the Serdang Hospital mortuary, awaiting a second autopsy.

Sugumar’s case is among several others linked to allegations of police brutality, namely 22-year-old A Kugan, Beng Hock and Customs officer Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed.

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Malaysiakini

Family fears ‘sabotage’ of Sugumar’s second autopsy

Details of C Sugumar’s second post-mortem will be withheld from the public as the family fears government interference, their lawyer N Surendran said in an interview with Malaysiakini yesterday at the PKR headquarters.

pkr dharmendran dang wangi police 260513 surendran“We don’t want to announce it at present because we don’t want the government to interfere,” he said.

“As far as Sugumar’s case is concerned, (Thai pathologist) Dr Pornthip (Rojanasunand) is still barred, so we are trying another alternative to do the second post-mortem.”

Surendran (right) said he feared the government would try to “sabotage it again” just like when Pornthip had been called in to conduct a second autopsy, she later retracted her services on the advice of the Thai government.

He will, however, announce it soon as he and his team of experts  working “urgently” on it complete the task .

Family fears ‘sabotage’ of Sugumar’s second autopsy

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Malaysiakini

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‘May Sugumar be the last police custodial death case’

A candlelight vigil was held last night to remember the tragedy of former security guard Sugumar Chelladuray who was allegedly beaten to death by four cops in Hulu Langat last month.

30 civil society representatives and Pakatan Rakyat leaders held the roughly 30 minute memorial in the busy shopping district of Penang’s famous Little India, and drew the attention of curious shoppers.

PKR vice-president N Surendran kicked off the proceedings announcing that the vigil was being concurrently held in Kuala Lumpur, to seek justice for Sugumar whose body he said is decomposing by the day in the morgue.

“The family is not able to carry out the final Hindu funeral rites for Sugumar (as they are awaiting) a second autopsy by an independent forensic pathologist,” he said, while carrying a candle to mark the one month anniversary of the victim’s death.

‘May Sugumar be the last police custodial death case’

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Malaysia Chronicle

Saturday, 23 February 2013 00:15

PLEASE COME: Sugumar’s family to hold candle-light vigil, ‘DON’T STOP PORNTHIP’ campaign

Written by  Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

The family of C Sugumar have decided to fight on in their quest to get Prime Minister Najib Razak to lift the ban on Thai forensic specialist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunan and allow her to come to Malaysia to conduct a second autopsy on their dead son who had died in suspicious circumstances while in police custody,.

“The entire family met to take a decision on the next course of action since Najib is not lifting the bar on Dr Pornthip bearing in mind the last day rites on Feb 22,” N Surendran, a lawyer for the family told Malaysia Chronicle.
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The family plans to launch a ‘ Don’t Stop Pornthip’ campaign with a nationwide candle-light vigil on Saturday, Feb 23, at 8pm. They have invited all activists, concerned Malaysians and members of the Indian community to join in and show support for their cause.

The candle-light vigils are timed to start simultaneously and will be held in Kuala Lumpur (Brickfields fountain), Selangor (Klang Little India), Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Ipoh, Penang, Kedah, Kulim and Padang Serai.

PLEASE COME: Sugumar’s family to hold candle-light vigil, ‘DON’T STOP PORNTHIP’ campaign

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IS THIS TRUE?

Malaysiakini

‘Najib pressured Thai PM to stop Pornthip’

PKR is claiming that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had a hand in preventing Thai forensic expert Dr Pornthip Rojanasunan from performing the second autopsy on alleged police brutality victim C Sugumar.

“Najib had communicated with the Thai PM (Yingluck Shinawatra) regarding the second autopsy on Sugumar,” alleged party vice-president N Surendran at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.

“As a result of the communication, the Thai government decided that Pornthip should not perform the autopsy in order not to undermine the relationship between the two countries.

“We have been given these facts by an impeccable source and we have complete confidence in the veracity of the information,” he claimed.

‘Najib pressured Thai PM to stop Pornthip’

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“But now, Sugumaran’s family will have to look for other alternatives,” Surendran said.

Malaysian Insider

Dr Pornthip says no to Sugumaran autopsy for ‘personal reasons’, say lawyers

By Clara Chooi
Assistant News Editor
February 12, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — In a sudden turn of events, Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand today declined the invitation by PKR lawyers to perform a second autopsy on C. Sugumaran, the security guard who recently died allegedly due to police brutality.

According to lawyer N. Surendran, the famed director of Thailand’s Central Institute of Forensic Science emailed him earlier today to say that she was “unable to do the autopsy for personal reasons”.

Dr Pornthip’s sudden about-turn came just shortly after PKR lawyers emailed a press statement to media organisations here, saying the Serdang Hospital has finally agreed to the autopsy and Dr Pornthip’s team is due to arrive in Malaysia on February 20.

Dr Pornthip says no to Sugumaran autopsy for ‘personal reasons’, say lawyers

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Kajang police chief ACP Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab, “We are satisfied with the first autopsy report so why should I issue the second letter. It’s them who are dissatisfied with the first report. I’ve given the approval to them to do whatever they want to do with the body so pandai-pandai la.”

Malaysian Insider

Police won’t issue letter for Sugumaran autopsy

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
February 07, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 – Police will not issue the approval letter needed to conduct a new autopsy on C. Sugumaran, Kajang police chief ACP Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab said today.

Lawyers representing the deceased’s family said this morning University Hospital (UH) had prohibited Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand from performing the second postmortem despite the Health Ministry’s written approval yesterday.

The hospital said it needed an approval letter from the police before allowing the Thai forensic pathologist’s post-mortem on the security guard, who allegedly died from a police beating, after meeting ministry officials.

Police won’t issue letter for Sugumaran autopsy

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“We are glad that the Health Ministry has issued the letter. But we regret that Sugumar’s family had to be put through a sit-in protest to get it. This should not have happened. Death in custody is a very serious issue and we hope the government will learn its lesson from today’s incident,” said Surendra.

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Malaysia Chronicle

Thursday, 07 February 2013 00:10

HARD-WON VICTORY: Liow, Najib cave in after family’s sit-in protest for Pornthip autopsy

Written by  Wong Choon Mei, Alaa Soleiman, Malaysia Chronicle

UPDATE3 Family members of security guard C Sugumar, who died in mysterious circumstances, expressed disappointment in Prime Minister Najib Razak and Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai for failing to keep their promises to look into the death of their son.

Represented by their lawyers and championed by members of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, the family had gone to the Health Ministry in Putrajaya to seek Liow’s permission to bring in renowned Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunan to conduct a second and independent autopsy into the 40-year-old’s death.

But they were snubbed by Health Ministry officials, who refused to meet them, sending only an officer from the communications department to tell them to go home.
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At about 6.00, or nearly 2 hours after agreeing to allow Dr Pornthip to do the autopsy, the Ministry finally released the confirmation letter to the family. The move marks a major victory for crusaders against custodial deaths which have risen alarmingly over the past decades.

HARD-WON VICTORY: Liow, Najib cave in after family’s sit-in protest for Pornthip autopsy

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Malaysiakini

Health Ministry gives nod to bring in Pornthip

The Health Ministry has agreed to issue the necessary papers to allow renowned Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rajanasunand to conduct a second autopsy on C Sugumar, who was allegedly beaten to death by police and a mob on January 23.

Lawyers for Sugumar’s family said that the assurance was given by the ministry’s deputy chief secretary Dr Mohd Azhar Yahaya and medical development director Dr Azmi Shapie during a meeting in Putrajaya today.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya said the duo also agreed to have the ministry supply the necessary facilities for Pornthip to conduct the procedure at the Serdang Hospital.

After waiting for two hours, the family members were provided the authorisation letter which stated that Pornthip must apply to the Malaysian Medical Council for permission to conduct the autopsy.

Health Ministry gives nod to bring in Pornthip

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It will be deja-vu for both Pornthip and Najib. Both played prominent roles in another controversial Malaysian death – Teoh Beng Hock, a political officer with the Selangor state government.

But while Najib has to plead to Malaysians to trust him, Pornthip is already Thailand’s most trusted person, according to a 2010 Readers’ Digest aurvey.

Monday, 04 February 2013 13:34

Deja-vu Pornthip, Najib: Thailand’s most trusted woman vs Malaysia’s least trusted man?

Written by  Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

It looks like a fed-up Malaysian Indian community is digging in this time. No longer are they appeased by the empty promises of political personalities and parties, not even those that come from the lips of the country’s most powerful and wealthy.

It is now a case of ‘put your money where your mouth is’ and embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose call to the Indians for ‘nambikei‘ or trust is now on the line following the shocking death of security guard C Sugumar, who according to at least 3 eye-witnesses was cruelly beaten to death in daylight by a mob led by cops.

Sugumar’s parents have decided to appoint renowned Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunan to take up the cudgels for their dead son, whom they believe was murdered and the Malaysian police now trying to hush-up the case by claiming he had died of a heart attack. Pornthip has already indicated her willingness to do so.

Deja-vu Pornthip, Najib: Thailand’s most trusted woman vs Malaysia’s least trusted man?

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Malaysian Insider

Dr Pornthip ready to do Sugumaran’s second autopsy, say lawyers

By Boo Su-Lyn
February 04, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 — Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand has agreed to perform a second autopsy on security guard C. Sugumaran who allegedly died from a police beating, Sugumaran’s family lawyers said today.

Dr Pornthip is the Thai forensic pathologist who had observed Teoh Beng Hock’s second post-mortem and testified at a royal inquiry that foul play was likely involved in the DAP aide’s mysterious death at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s Selangor headquarters in 2009.


“On behalf of the family, we have urgently written to the prime minister, health minister and the director-general of the Health Ministry to issue the necessary authorisations for Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand (picture) to conduct the second post-mortem on Sugumaran’s remains,” said Sugumaran’s family lawyers N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya in a joint press statement.

“We have no objection to a government pathologist being allowed to observe the procedure. We call upon Prime Minister (Datuk Seri) Najib Razak and the other relevant authorities to respond immediately to this request, as the family are unable to carry out the last rites until the second post-mortem is concluded,” they added.

Dr Pornthip ready to do Sugumaran’s second autopsy, say lawyers

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N Surendran, “The chief pathologist at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, Dr Muhammad Arif Mohd Hashim, yesterday declined to perform a post mortem on Sugumaran without police permission.”

Free Malaysia Today

Sugumaran case: Are PM, MIC and cops sincere?

G Lavendran | January 31, 2013

Najib’s decision to intervene is a political stunt, says Gobind.

PETALING JAYA: Opposition leaders have poured scorn on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s decision to intervene in the case of C Sugumaran, who was allegedly beaten to death last week by policemen and several members of the public.

“This is clearly a political stunt aimed at defusing tensions,” Puchong MP Gobind Singh said in response to a news report saying Najib had instructed the Health Minister to submit a forensic report on Sugumaran’s death.

“If the PM is sincere, he must direct changes to the manner in which the police and government hospitals deal with cases like this.”

Gobind, as well as PKR vice president N Surendran, also questioned the sincerity of Selangor police officials who advised Sugumaran’s relatives to seek a second post mortem if they could find a willing pathologist.

“But the reality is that government hospitals will not agree to a second post mortem unless they are directed by the police,” Gobind said.

“It is obvious that the PM is ill advised.”

Gobind said Najib should instead direct the police to officially consent to second post mortems when people die in police custody.

Sugumaran case: Are PM, MIC and cops sincere?

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The pattern of torture against Indians in detention, the rough handling of Indian demonstrators during Hindraf’s 2008 street demonstrations, the lack of police protection which resulted in deaths of Indians in the Kampong Medan incidents of 2001, and now Sugumaran, are just some indications of racial bias that must be investigated.

Malaysiakini

Who will police the police?

QUESTION TIME So long as the police are not brought to account for cases of misconduct involving some of their members, one must expect such cases to recur over and over again to the detriment of the disadvantaged in this country, some of whom are deprived of the most basic of their rights – their right to live.

Once accountability is established, and the perpetrators are taken to task, and the full weight of the law is brought to bear on them – charge them for murder if they did murder – then the instances of police brutality and deaths under police custody will fall off.

It is because past instances of police brutality and deaths in custody were treated so lightly by the government and the police that elements in the police believe that they can behave with impunity and utterly disregard the rights of citizens.

Bad enough that this is happening – and there have been deaths in custody of all races – it looks like that there is a disproportionate number of cases that involve Indians relative to their population, particularly those that have been very brutal.

That is disturbing and raises legitimate questions of whether the police is discriminating against Indians.
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Since Indians seem to be bearing the brunt of brutality the MIC, which claims that it is representing them in government, must make a strong call for change and leave the Barisan Nasional coalition if there is none. And other members of the coalition, in the name of humanity, must make a clear call for police brutality to end – no matter who the victim is.

Who will police the police?

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Free Malaysia Today

A coffin for Hisham on Monday

K Pragalath | January 31, 2013

At a candle light vigil for C Sugumaran last night PKR said they would also conduct his last rites in front of the Kajang district police headquarters.

VIDEO INSIDE

KAJANG: Kapar MP S Manikavasagam said he would present a coffin to Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein in seeking justice for security guard C Sugumaran.

“We will bring a coffin to Hishammuddin’s office in Putrajaya.

“I’ll get him a pillow too so that he can be more comfortable. We’ll gather in front of his office at the Home Ministry at 11am on Feb 4,” said Manikavasagam who criticised Hishamuddin for his silence in Sugumaran’s death in custody

A coffin for Hisham on Monday

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Malaysian Insider

Sugumaran kin to snub ‘sham’ inquest, lawyers say

UPDATED @ 12:57:17 PM 30-01-2013
By Ida Lim
January 30, 2013
The lawyers reiterated the family’s demand for a murder investigation over Sugumaran’s “killing”.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 ― The family of C. Sugumaran will not participate in the “sham” inquest to determine the cause of his death, their lawyers today said while insisting that evidence suggested the security guard was murdered.

Yesterday, the police reportedly rejected the family’s demands for a second post-mortem and a murder investigation, after receiving the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ (AG-C) agreement for an inquest.

“The calling of an inquest despite eyewitnesses evidence suggesting assault and murder is illogical, sinister and unlawful. We state here, categorically, that the family of C. Sugumaran will not participate in this sham inquest,” the family’s lawyers N. Surendran and Latheefa Koya wrote in a statement today.

They further alleged of a “massive cover-up” in Sugumaran’s death by the authorities.

Sugumaran kin to snub ‘sham’ inquest, lawyers say

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Najib would be mindful of the Indian vote

Free Malaysia Today

Sugumaran’s death: PM wants forensic report

B Nantha Kumar | January 30, 2013

MIC strategic director S Vell Paari reveals that the police have also agreed for a second post-mortem to be carried out.

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has instructed Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai to submit a forensic report on the death of security guard C Sugumaran.

It is also learnt that the police have given the green light to the family to conduct an independent post-mortem.

MIC strategic director S Vell Paari said the prime minister made the call after MIC president G Palanivel raised the matter during the Cabinet meeting this morning.

“Justice must be ensured for the deceased’s family. The police and the related ministries must be transparent in this matter,” added Vell Paari.

Vell Paari said that he spoke to Selangor deputy police chief A Thaiveegan and the latter revealed that a second post-mortem was permitted.

He added that MIC Youth was willing to bear the cost of the independent post-mortem.

Sugumaran’s death: PM wants forensic report

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50 protest to seek justice for Sugumaran

Malaysiakini

‘Coffin protest’ on Feb 4 over Sugumaran’s death

Frustrated with police refusal to agree to a second autopsy on the body of security guard C Sugumaran, PKR has vowed to carry a coffin in a symbolic protest to the Home Ministry in Putrajaya on Feb 4.

“We shall take a coffin to Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein’s office. The coffin symbolises the murder of the rakyat by the government,” vice-president N Surendran (left) told Malaysiakini today.

“(Sugumaran’s) family is disheartened, but will continue to fight for justice and ask for a post- mortem. They will not inter the body. We will fight on.”

‘Coffin protest’ on Feb 4 over Sugumaran’s death

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Malaysiakini

S’gor CPO seconds inquest on Sugumaran’s death

Selangor police chief Tun Hisan Tun Majid has turned down the demand of the family of C Sugumaran – who was allegedly beaten to death while handcuffed by the police – to classify the death as a murder case.

However, the death will still be probed through an inquest in the open court based on the situation of the body which was still handcuffed when found, he explained.

“His body was found in such a situation. We want to find out the cause of death. We want to find out the reason… An inquest is to ascertain the cause of death,” Tun Hisan (left) replied when asked during a press conference in Subang Jaya today.

S’gor CPO seconds inquest on Sugumaran’s death

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Malaysiakini

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50 protest to seek justice for Sugumaran

Dissatisfied with police’s response over the death of C Sugumaran, about fifty people held a peaceful protest in front of the Bukit Aman police headquarters today.

Led by members of the opposition and several NGOs, the group has been holding a sit-down protest since 10.45am this morning.
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…the protesters carried banners with wordings like ‘Najib tindas masyarakat India‘ (Najib is supressing the Indian community) and ‘Rakyat dizalimi, kuasa disalahgunakan’ (People are mistreated, power is abused) on it.

Aside from Latheefa, those present include PKR vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar and N Surendran, Kapar MP S Manikavasagam, Teluk Intan MP M Manogaran, Hulu Langat MP Che Rosli Che Mat, PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan, Suaram executive director E Nalini, and Malaysians for Beng Hock coordinator Ng Yap Hwa.

The deceased’s mother, K Manimagalay, was also present at the time.

50 protest to seek justice for Sugumaran

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Sundaily

Cops deny mob attack

No mention of foul play in all 89 witness statements, say police
Monday, January 28, 2013 – 13:25
Location:
SHAH ALAM


POLICE
yesterday refused to take any questions from the media relating to the case of a 40-year-old mentally-ill man alleged to have been attacked by a mob on Wednesday night but said statements have been recorded from 89 witnesses — all indicating there was no foul play involved.

Selangor deputy police Datuk A. Thaivegan said investigations were ongoing.

C. Sugumaran was reported to have been attacked by a mob, allegedly with police involvement, while still being handcuffed with his hands behind his back.

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Mum: Sugumaran never had any heart problems

Mob victim was a good son, says mum

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Malaysiakini
Victim’s family says no to inquest, wants murder probe
11:56AM Jan 28, 2013

The family of C Sugumaran, the victim of the recent death in custody case, has rejected the police’s offer of an inquest into the matter, calling for the arrests of those involved followed by a full murder investigation.

“The family of C Sugumaran absolutely rejects an inquest into Sugumar’s death.

NONE“Why call for an inquest when there is adequate evidence to bring a criminal prosecution for murder?

“In this case there are eyewitnesses who have come forward to say that Sugumaran was chased down, handcuffed, smeared with turmeric and beaten to death by police personnel,” said the family’s lawyers N Surendran and Latheefa Koya.

Instead, said the duo in a statement today, the family wants the arrest, investigation and prosecution of all police personnel involved on murder charges under section 302 of the Penal Code.

Victim’s family says no to inquest, wants murder probe

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Malaysian Insider

Police say not enough evidence for Sugumaran murder probe

By Boo Su-Lyn
January 28, 2013

Sugumaran’s family lawyer N. Surendran (2nd left) speaks to relatives at Serdang hospital last week. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 — There is not enough evidence to launch a murder investigation into the death of security guard C. Sugumaran, police said today.

Selangor deputy police chief Datuk A. Thaiveegan also asked eyewitnesses who allegedly saw policemen and a mob beating the 39-year-old to death last Wednesday to come forward.

“You have said that the family has got the evidence. Such evidence if they have, then they should provide them to the police and assist in their investigations,” Thaiveegan told The Malaysian Insider today via a text message.

“It’s only proper that the family to (sic) communicate with the police directly. An inquest is provided for under the law and the police will comply with the provisions of the law,” he added.

Sugumaran’s family has rejected the police’s suggestion that an inquest be held into Sugumaran’s death, demanding instead for a murder investigation under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

Police say not enough evidence for Sugumaran murder probe

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Malaysiakini

Eyewitnesses recount Sugumaran’s final hour

As dusk approached on Jan 23, the body of 40-year-old C Sugumaran lay still in the bushes by the road side, his hands bound behind his back.

His faced was covered in custard-yellow-looking powder but appeared peaceful. The youngest son of four siblings was no more.

Just an hour earlier, Sugumaran had finished having a drink at a nearby food stall in Taman Sri Nanding, Hulu Langat.
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Eyewitness T Panirselvam, 46:

“When I arrived, he (Sugumaran) was already in handcuffs but the crowd continued to beat him,” he said. The time was around 6.15pm.

However, contrary to previous reports, Panirselvam said three police officers were at the scene and only one had joined in the beating with the public.

Asked why Sugumaran was still being beaten despite already being in handcuffs, he explained that the victim was still struggling at that time.

“After that another officer rubbed something on his (Sugumaran’s) face, I didn’t know what powder it was then but I later found out it was turmeric powder,” he said.

Asked if he was certain this was done by the police, he replied, “Yes, I saw the officer carrying a packet of the powder.”

He described this police officer as short, bald and with a potbelly.

However, the reason behind the turmeric powder remains a mystery.

“After that, a third officer came and stepped on the back of his (Sugumaran’s) neck until he stopped struggling.

“I’m not a doctor to declare him dead, but I think he was no longer alive (at that point),” he sad.

Eyewitnesses recount Sugumaran’s final hour

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6 Responses to C Sugumar, unburied, still awaiting a 2nd autopsy….

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  2. ros says:

    Sugumaran may have had a psychotic break but that doesn’t justify all those animals chasing him down the street and killing him. He needed medical treatment for his condition, not this kind of violence from a so-called ‘civilised society’. His mother shld sue for wrongful death.

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