P. Karuna Nithi, dead with 49 injuries: High Court upholds coroner’s finding implicating cops in custodial death…

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

Violence and Death at the Hands of the Police

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P. Karuna Nithi died on 1 june 2013,  in a police lock-up, just under two weeks after N. Dharmendran died in another police lock-up.

According to Karuna’s brother Elam, the former was arrested on May 29 following a misunderstanding with his wife. Karuna and his wife have two children, aged 13 and 15.

On January 28, 2015, coroner Datuk Jagjit Singh Bant Singh rejected the pathologist’s findings that Karuna Nithi had died of liver issues as erroneous, saying in his landmark ruling that he was satisfied that the man’s death was caused by a “combination of unlawful acts and omissions by person or persons unknown”.

“The deceased was a healthy adult male with no life-threatening diseases when he entered the lock-up but ended up dead three days later with 49 external injuries,” the Sessions Court judge then said in his capacity as a coroner, saying that it should have “rung alarm bells” from the beginning.

Three factors were listed as causing Karuna Nithi’s death, including the “multiple injuries” caused by blunt objects including through “physical assaults, abuses and unlawful acts” by both police officers and fellow inmates.

Karuna Nithi’s death was also caused by the failure to provide the necessary medical care and attention that he needed, as well as the police’s “failure to stop other detainees from abusing the deceased in the police lock-up,” the coroner had said.

http://m.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/high-court-upholds-coroners-finding-implicating-cops-in-custodial-death

9 October 2017

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High Court upholds coroner’s finding implicating cops in custodial death

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 — The High Court rejected today the public prosecutor’s challenge against a coroner’s findings that Negri Sembilan police had contributed to the 2013 death of Karuna Nithi Palani Valu while in custody.

Judicial commissioner Muhammad Jamil Hussin ruled to uphold the coroner’s verdict in the 2015 inquest, said lawyer Eric Paulsen, who represented Karuna’s family at the High Court in Seremban.

“He didn’t see any reason to disturb the findings of the Coroner, so both verdicts are maintained,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted this afternoon.

Paulsen was referring to the Coroner’s Court decision in 2015 that police personnel were “directly or indirectly criminally concerned regarding the death of Karuna Nithi”, as well as the same coroner’s decision last year to maintain the verdict despite the public prosecutor’s attempt to reopen the inquest by bringing in new evidence.

Today, Paulsen urged the public prosecutor to stop any further attempts to reverse the findings on Karuna Nithi’s death in police custody.

“There have already been three decisions,” he said, referring to the coroner’s decisions and today’s ruling.

“There must be some closure for family members, they can’t keep on appealing until they get the decision they want,” he said.

“They shouldn’t appeal further, they should focus on commencing investigations, they should stop trying to overturn the verdict. Commence investigations, act on the perpetrators,” he said.

Paulsen also noted that the family is not aware of any criminal cases being brought against or any disciplinary action being meted out on those responsible for Karuna Nithi’s death and called for an explanation from the authorities.

“Authorities must explain, are they taking further action? Are they taking custodial deaths seriously?” he asked.

http://m.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/high-court-upholds-coroners-finding-implicating-cops-in-custodial-death

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46m46 minutes ago

Karuna Nithi inquest verdict is maintained. Mohd Jamil Hussin JC rejected Public Prosecutor’s revision application.

 


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Coroner found cause of Karuna Nithi’s death was by a combination of unlawful acts & omissions of policemen & other detainees in the lockup.

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TMRW 9 Oct, Mon, 9am, Seremban HC – Revision decision by Public Prosecutor to overturn Coroner’s verdict in death in custody of Karuna Nithi

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Being dissatisfied once again, the PP is applying to the Seremban High Court to revise the Karuna Nithi inquest verdict by the Coroner.

28 January 2015

Landmark verdict by Coroner Court on death in custody of Karuna Nithi.

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Landmark decision of Coroner Dato Jagjit Singh -Police officers and lock up detainees clearly responsible 4 Karuna Nithi‘s death in custody

Rakyat Post

Jan 28, 2015

‘Inmate’s death due to assault by inmates, police and lack of medical attention’

The Seremban Coroner’s Court today ruled that P. Karuna Nithi died in police custody due to several factors, including being beaten up by police and inmates.

The other two factors were namely, lack of police intervention when assaulted in the lock-up and medical attention.

Coroner Datuk Jagjit Singh Bant Singh, in his 49-page verdict, said Karuna Nithi died through multiple injuries caused by blunt objects.

“Admittedly Karuna Nithi was not an easy detainee based on CCTV recordings as the police had to focus their attention on him due to his constant hallucinations and ravings.”

“His death was further accelerated due to the lack of intervention by police when he was assaulted by inmates who grew annoyed along with a lack of medical care and attention.

“However, his behaviour does not give reasons for him to be physically abused by police officers and inmates.”

Paulsen, who defined this as a landmark ruling said it was a wake up call for the authorities concerned, especially for the Inspector-General of Police.

Adding that alarm bells should ring should another death in police custody happen, Paulsen told The Rakyat Post that Karuna Nithi’s family might take legal action against the authorities over the mishandling of the deceased.

“The family is in the midst of discussions with us to seek the next course of action that can be taken.”

Meanwhile, the deceased’s brother, Elam Sezhian said his family had finally found the much needed closure.

“We’re happy with the verdict as this case had been hounding us for a long time,” the 46-year-old marketing executive said.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/news/2015/01/28/inmates-death-due-assault-inmates-police-lack-medical-attention/#ixzz3Q6PsOaeO

The autopsy also found the entire front and back of his body full of bruises as well as several internal injuries.

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Negeri Sembilan MIC chairman T Rajagopalu asked, “How can a man suffer from 49 injuries within a day after being taken to court?”

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61 injuries but the police said no one hit Karuna – Surendran

Police kept laughing, saying they didn’t hit him – Karuna’s sister-in-law

Malaysia Chronicle

In a press conference marred by overzealous security personnel at Parliament, Pakatan Rakyat leaders demanded action from Home Minister Zahid Hamidi over what appears to be the next explosive death in police custody case in Malaysia.

“This is one of the worst cases of torture-beatings that we have ever seen. The police and the Home Minister cannot pretend that nothing happened. They must take immediate action and give justice to this family,” MP for Padang Serai N Surendran told a press conference at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday.

He was referring to the death of 42-year-old P Karuna Nithi, a factory supervisor. Karuna had surrendered himself to the police for allegedly hitting his wife and was remanded for 4 days.
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Meanwhile, as the press conference was proceeding, security personnel at the Parliament lobby who usually maintain a discreet distance were quick to make their presence felt.

Citing a recent ruling disallowing non-MPs from holding press conferences at Parliament, the guards disallowed Karuna’s family from sitting with the MPs. All three of Karuna’s immediate family including his aged mother had to stand throughout the session which lasted nearly 45 minutes.

The guards also made it difficult for the Opposition media including Malaysia Chronicle to videotape the session especially when Karuna’s family spoke up and criticized the authorities.
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The crowd that built up at the Karuna press conference attracted the attention of Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim, who is also in charge of Parliament.

Shahidan helped to defuse the tension created by the guards’ unfriendliness. He shook hands with the Karuna family and promised to make the “environment more friendly”.

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Malaysiakini

Minister and IGP accused of cover-up in custodial death

PKR today accused the inspector-general of police (IGP), the home minister and the attorney-general (AG) of covering up a serious crime in the case of death in custody victim P Karuna Nithi.

PKR’s Subang MP R Sivarasa said during a press conference at the Parliament lobby today that the party would repeat such accusation against the trio until someone is arrested over Karuna’s death.

Karuna died while under custody at the Tampin district police headquarters on June 1.

Although the pathologist report stated that Karuna suffered 49 injuries on his body, it was concluded that he had died from “fatty change of liver“, a condition commonly associated with alcoholism or obesity.

“You are collectively covering up a serious crime,” Sivarasa said towards the three.

He said that Karuna’s case definitely qualifies as a culpable homicide charge.

“We have a criminal justice system that has not worked,” he added.

Minister and IGP accused of cover-up in custodial death

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Free Malaysia Today

Third party involvement in Karuna’s case

G Lavendran | June 20, 2013

Karuna Nithi’s brother alleges the involvement of a close family member who worked in cahoots with the police.

KUALA LUMPUR: The brother of custody death victim P Karuna Nithi has alleged that there is something amiss in the case.

P Elam Sezhian said this at the handing of a memorandum urging Suhakam to conduct a public inquiry at their office today.

“My brother had lodged a police report on May 25, that he was threatened by a close family member and was afraid of his safety,” said Elam.

“I suspect that the police have been working together with the family member to set my brother up,” he added.

Elam said his brother had been receiving threatening phone calls from the family member at least three weeks before his police report.

“My brother had called me four times before being detained, complaining about the threatening phone calls he had received,” he said.

“Now that I have discovered that he had made a police report, I have no choice but to suspect something is wrong,” he added.

Elam hoped that the police would also investigate to reveal the truth behind his brother’s case.

Third party involvement in Karuna’s case

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Karuna’s brother P Elam Sezhian, PKR complaints bureau chief P Manikavasagam, and representatives of four NGOs were among those who were present to hand over the memorandum.

Manikavasagam, who is acting as a spokesperson for the family, said his team will now send a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) on Friday.

“We want an inquiry to be conducted into his death,” he said.

Malaysiakini

Family demands independent probe into Karuna’s death

The family members of death in custody victim P Karuna Nithi are demanding that the police form an independent investigation panel to investigate the death of the former engineer.

“The family is not satisfied and suspects that the victim died due to being beaten by police officers while in police custody,” the family said in a memorandum handed over to the police at the Bukit Aman police headquarters today.

NONEThe memorandum also requests Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar to take action against Negri Sembilan police chief Osman Salleh following the latter’s statement that Karuna, who died in police custody in Tampin, did not have any injury marks on his body.

However, an autopsy report last Friday revealed that Karuna had 49 injuries, with the majority of these on his chest and legs, and caused by blunt objects.

NONEThe memorandum was handed over to the assistant chief of the IGP’s secretariat, ACP Ramli Mohamed Yusuf, at 11.50am today at Bukit Aman.

The family also attached with the memorandum a police report which was lodged on June 4 at the Tampin police station, along with the autopsy report from Hospital Tuanku Jaafar.

Family demands independent probe into Karuna’s death

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Free Malaysia Today

Autopsy: Karuna died of liver complications

G Lavendran and G Vinod | June 17, 2013

The 42-year-old lab technician who died in police custody sustained 49 injuries.

UPDATED

PETALING JAYA: Police detainee P Karuna Nithi’s death has been attributed to “fatty change in the liver” despite post mortem results showing that the deceased sustained a slew of injuries.

“Microscopic examination of the liver confirmed fatty change. Therefore, the cause of death has been determined as ‘fatty change of the liver,” said Seremban General Hospital’s forensic consultant Sharifah Safoorah.

“Is it my opinion that the injuries on the body were inadequate in itself to derectly cause death,” she added in the post mortem report, a copy of which was furnished to FMT.
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PKR public complaints bureau director S Manikavasagam said that the family was not happy with the results of the post mortem as there were too many injuries to his body.

“The family is not satisfied, they think the police is trying to cover up what they did to Karuna.

“The family wants the police to investigate why there were so many injuries to his body despite his cause of death being something else,” he added.

Manikavasagam said that he would accompany the family to submit a memorandum to Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakartomorrow at Bukit Aman.

“We will be submitting a memorandum to the IGP tomorrow. We just want to know the truth, we hope the family will not be deprived of that right,” he said.

“Even if the injuries did not cause his death, I feel that the police has the onus to explain on how he obtained those injuries,” he added.
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Negeri Sembilan MIC chairman T Rajagopalu said that the EAIC must take the matter seriously as an autopsy report found injuries on Karunanithi’s remains.
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“How can a man suffer from 49 injuries within a day after being taken to court?’ he asked.

Autopsy: Karuna died of liver complications

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Malaysiakini

49 injuries found on custodial death victim Karuna

Contrary to police claims of no foul play and no injuries on custodial death victim P Karuna Nithi’s body, the victim’s autopsy report shows he had sustained 49 injuries.

These are predominately bruises caused by a blunt object on the chest and limbs, according to the report prepared by Tuanku Jaafar hospital forensic consultant Dr Sharifah Safoorah Syed Alwee Al’Aidrus.

karuna death in custodyPKR public complaints bureau chief S Manikavasagam said the report contradicts what the police have initially claimed.

“The CPO of Negri Sembilan (Osman Salleh) had come up and said there is ‘no injury, no foul play, nothing. (They said) we have never beaten him up.’

“Before the post-mortem had been completed, he came up with a press statement saying that these are all rumours and told the public not to believe them.

“So today, it is very clear: 49 injuries. These are new injuries,” said Manikavasagam when contacted today.

He said he accompanied Karuna’s family to see Sharifah yesterday to receive a one-hour briefing regarding her findings and the report, a copy of which has been sent to Malaysiakini.
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Injuries did not cause death’

Despite the report of the injuries however, the autopsy report concluded the cause of death to be “fatty change of the liver”, a condition commonly associated with alcoholism or obesity.

She added that the injuries did not involve the muscles or the skeleton, and on its own, could not have been a direct cause of death.

NONE“Fatty change of the liver causes death through hypoglycaemia (abnormally low blood sugar content) and/or electrolyte imbalance, both of which cannot be proven in a post-mortem.

“This condition is possibly compounded by absence of partially digested food material in the gastric cavity,” she wrote.

When asked to explain the findings, Manikavasagam (above) said the pathologist had speculated during the briefing that Karuna had not been eating while in detention and was too frail to survive any beating as a result.

49 injuries found on custodial death victim Karuna

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Keadilan Daily

Laporan forensik sahkan P Karuna dipukul

(Mohd Arif Juhani)

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 JUN: Bekas jurutera, P Karuna Nithi, yang mati di lokap IPD Tampin disahkan dipukul berdasarkan laporan pakar forensik, Dr Sharifah Safoorah Syed Alwee Al-Aidrus dari Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban.

Ia bercanggah dengan kenyataan Ketua Polis Negeri Sembilan, Datuk Osman Salleh kononnya kematian mangsa tiada kaitan dengan pukulan atau penderaan, kata Timbalan Pengerusi Biro Hak Asasi & Undang-undang KEADILAN, S Jayathas.

http://www.keadilandaily.com/laporan-forensik-sahkan-p-karuna-dipukul/

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6 Jun

Mati Dalam Lokap: Laporan forensik sahkan P Karuna dipukul

Khamis, 6 Jun 2013

Mati Dalam Lokap: Laporan forensik sahkan P Karuna dipukul

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 JUN: Bekas jurutera, P Karuna Nithi, yang mati di lokap IPD Tampin disahkan dipukul berdasarkan laporan pakar forensik, Dr Sharifah Safoorah Syed Alwee Al-Aidrus dari Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban.
Ia bercanggah dengan kenyataan Ketua Polis Negeri Sembilan, Datuk Osman Salleh kononnya kematian mangsa tiada kaitan dengan pukulan atau penderaan, kata Timbalan Pengerusi Biro Hak Asasi & Undang-undang KEADILAN, S Jayathas.

Protes di hadapan IPD Tampin, Negeri Sembilan

“Bedah siasat juga mendapati seluruh anggota badannya di depan dan belakang penuh dengan kesan lebam selain beberapa kecederaan dalaman,” katanya.
“Balai polis yang sepatutnya menjadi tempat paling selamat untuk rakyat tidak pula berlaku ekoran kematian demi kematian yang berlaku sebelum ini,” tegas Jayathas.
Terdahulu, pada 3 Jun, kira-kira 60 orang menyertai protes dihadapan IPD Tampin bagi membantah insiden kematian dalam tahanan melibatkan P Karuna Nithi.

Satu upacara keaagamaan Hindu turut dibuat di hadapan IPD Tampin sebagai simbolik memohon kezaliman dihentikan dan keadilan kepada mangsa yang terkorban diberikan pembelaan.
Hadir sama Adun Port Dickson, Ravi Munusamy; Adun Nilai, J. Arul Kumar; Adun Senawang, P. Gunasekaran dan penyokong Pakatan Rakyat.
P Karuna Nithi, 42, yang menunggu proses ikat jamin bagi satu kes ditemui mati di lokap Balai Polis Tampin 2 Jun lalu.
Kejadian itu yang ketiga dalam sebelas hari selepas kematian N Dharmendran di lokap Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Kuala Lumpur, 21 Mei lalu dan R Jamesh Rao di lokap Ibu Pejabat Polis Pulau Pinang pada 26 Mei.

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Google translation

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6: Former engineer, P Karuna Nithi, who died in Tampin confirmed IPD lock beaten by the forensic expert’s report, Dr Sharifah Safoorah Syed AlAidrus Alwee from Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban.
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It contradicts the statement Negeri Sembilan police chief Datuk Osman Salleh called death of the victim has nothing to do with the beating or torture.
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Deputy Chairman of the Bureau of Human Rights & Law JUSTICE, S Jayathas, Protests in front of the IPD Tampin, Negeri Sembilan
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The autopsy also found the entire front and back of his body full of bruises as well as several internal injuries,” he said.
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The police station is supposed to be the safest place for people did not occur due to the death for deaths that occurred before,” said Jayathas.
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Earlier, on June 3, about 60 people joined the protest in front of the IPD Tampin to protest death in custody incident involving P Karuna Nithi.
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Keaagamaan a Hindu ceremony in front IPD also made ​​symbolic Tampin stopped applying tyranny and justice to be given to those who died in defense.
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Present at Port Dickson assemblyman, Ravi Munusamy; Assemblywoman Value, J. Arul Kumar; Assemblywoman estates P. Gunasekaran and supporters.
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Nithi P Karuna, 42, awaiting bail process for one case was found dead in Tampin police station June 2.
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The incident was the third in eleven days after the death of N Dharmendran at police headquarters lockup Kuala Lumpur, May 21 and R JamesH Rao at Police Headquarters lock Penang on May 26.

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Karuna’s uncle: ‘ASP said Hypoglycemia’

Man Dies In Custody, ‘marks on body’

FLASHBACK: The Malay Mail’s front page yesterday (3 June)

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Malay Mail

Death in custody — nothing will change

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 – 16:13
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THERE are no words for this. Three deaths in police custody in 11 days: the people are mortified.

The usual arguments have begun. Official response to the deaths has been pessimistic and unconvincing.

The imperfect police-public relations can be said in many words. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that this relationship is fractious.

The irritation stems from an unfortunate template for death in police custody — or for the matter in any tragedy.

I detest that we know there is a familiar outline to such misfortunes. I loathe that we can accurately guess what comes next.

I hate that we can precisely predict the stand of the authorities. I despise that someone who says “Not again” after each incident.

I hate that after a tiresome period of fury, we have to say “Nothing will change.” I hate that after 219 deaths in police custody since 2000, including five this year, nothing has changed.
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Malaysians wonder if perhaps now is the right time to push a strong case for the setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

Expect the theatrics to go on for a while — because nothing will change. Nothing will especially change if the Inspector-General of Police remains as chief of the task force formed to introduce new measures to prevent custodial deaths. Expect the government to insist there is no need for the IPCMC as the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) is sufficient.

How does one trust the EAIC that reportedly until the end of 2012, had only ordered one disciplinary action and two warnings to civil servants?

The agency has no prosecution powers and will never be the IPCMC, a police oversight body, first proposed by a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) formed in 2005 to improve the police force.

The first sitting of the 13th Parliament on June 24 is a likely setting for Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat MPs to come together to pass a Bill for the IPCMC.

With 89 MPs from Pakatan, the support of only 23 more from the BN is required for a simple majority in Parliament to pass the Bill into law.

Will they join forces to prevent more custodial deaths, regardless of the politics?

Fixing it won’t be easy. Ensuring that the three arrows hit their marks will require unremitting focus on the part of the archer, something that the police may not be able to provide.

Multi-award winning
journalist FRANKIE D’CRUZ is
editor-at-large of The Malay Mail.
He can be reached at
frankie@mmail.com.my
or Twitter @frankieDcruz

Death in custody — nothing will change | The Malay Mail

Malay Mail

Brother’s worst fear came true

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 – 19:04

Brother's Worst Fear

SEEKING JUSTICE: Ilam (left) and Tamilanban lodged a police report at the Tampin police station on their brother’s mysterious death

MY WORST fear of my brother dying in police custody came true,” said P. Karuna Nithi’s sibling as he recalled the horrifying moment when he got to know that his brother had died in the Tampin police headquarters lock-up on Saturday.

P. Ilam said when he first got a call from a police officer, who informed him that Karuna had been arrested, he pleaded, “Please, do not hurt or beat my brother.”

“I said it because I have been reading news about deaths in police custody recently and knowing Karuna was detained just frightened me,” said Ilam at their family house in Gemenceh yesterday.

Ilam said the police officer, only known as Sergeant Aziz, assured him that his brother would not be tortured as Karuna was arrested because of a family problem.

Karuna was arrested on May 28 when he had gone to lodge a police report after he had hit his wife following a heated argument.

Ilam said even after the officer told him that they would not hurt Karuna, his heart was still not at ease as he feared for the safety of his brother, who he described as a loving person.

On Friday at 9.45pm, his worst nightmare came true when he received a call from Aziz, this time breaking the devastating news that his brother had died.

“I was shocked, I asked them how could this be, and the officer just told me my brother was no longer alive. When I asked him how he died, the officer could not explain,” he said.
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‘Karuna was a ‘gem of a person’

P. KARUNA NITHI was described as a gem of a person by his sister-in-law, S. Manimegalai. She said Karuna was feeling bad that he had hit his wife and went to lodge a police report.

“He is normally a patient person. However on that day, he lost it and hit his wife after she hurled abusive words at him.”

Manimegalai said he loved and took good care of his two sons — Yugeshvaran, 15 and Kishokumar, 13.

“He had been married for 17 years and only had problems with his wife recently.”

Manimegalai said the wife never turned up for the funeral, but allowed the children to go.

“The two boys are devastated as they loved their father very much.”

Brother’s worst fear came true

2 Jun

Karuna Nithi 42 death in custody body now brought to IPD Tampin protest police brutality

Family refutes ‘no foul play’ claim with pictures of wounds

The family of 42-year-old P Karuna Nithi – who was the latest to die in police custody – yesterday released pictures of fresh wounds on his body to dispute police claims there was no foul play involved.

NONESpeaking on behalf of the family, former Kapar MP S Manikavasagam (left) said the family discovered fresh swollen marks and bruises on Karuna’s body when they were allowed to see his body on Sunday. There was also blood on his ears and head.

was replying to Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, who had on Sunday said initial investigations revealed Karuna was not tortured by police.
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“The initial post-mortem report showed the wounds were relatively new. There was fresh blood on certain parts of his body,” he said.

“The report also showed there was no damage to internal organs or broken bones.”

The family has been told the full autopsy report will be ready on June 14. He said immediate action should be taken against those responsible for Karuna’s death.

Family refutes ‘no foul play’ claim with pictures of wounds

2 Jun

Karuna Nithi 42 death in custody funeral at Tmn.Bunga Raya,Gemenceh with his bro Elam. Bruise marks all over the body

HINDRAF
Voice of the voiceless

Death of Karuna Nithi at Tampin Police station: Press Statement

death in custody tampin4.jpgHindraf calls on the IGP to immediately take stern action and suspend all Police officers involved in the investigations and interrogation of all suspects who die mysteriously in police custody. There was yet another sudden death in police custody, this time a 42 year old former engineer P. Karuna Nithi, in Tampin on Saturday night. This is the third death in Police custody within 11 days.

We urge the Home Minister to immediately take positive steps in implementing the IPCMC without any delay or lose the confidence of the people in the Police force and seriousness of the Government to prevent abuses in Police custody. The public is very much disturbed by this continued trend of deaths in custody, ironically mostly involving ethnic Indians.

In the case of P Karuna Nithi, who died in Tampin Police station on Saturday night, Dharmendran and  Ramesh, Hindraf urges an immediate independent inquiry sanctioned by the Home Minister pending the implementation of IPCMC, its members to consist one each from civil societies, human rights organisations, Bar Council, top police officers, AG’s chambers and respected and credible individuals from the public.

N Dhamendran, 32, died at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters on May 21. Though the Police claim to be investigating a murder case, none of the suspects have thus far been arrested and remanded pending completion of investigations. This has raised suspicion amongst the public as ordinary suspects are normally arrested and remanded on the flimsiest accusations. Aren’t the police practising double standards?

Another person, R Jamesh Ramesh, 40, was found dead in a police lock up at the Penang police headquarters on May 26.

It’s amazing that ordinary citizens, who had been walking freely all this while, died suddenly after being locked up by the police.

Police can never go on giving flimsy excuses for these mysterious deaths and apply double standards in the investigations involving their own men.

The police force must take full responsible over this unhealthy trend of suspicious deaths in custody.

The utmost right among all human rights is the right for a life to live under the grace of God. Hence, no one has the right to take away another’s life.

Lastly Hindraf wish to extend its deepest condolences to the family of Karuna Nithi over their loss.

P. Waytha Moorthy

Chairman

Hindraf

http://www.hindraf.co/index.php/news-statements/1073-13-0603-01

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Karuna Nithi 42 death in custody funeral at Tmn.Bunga Raya,Gemenceh with his bro Elam.

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Sundaily

Third custodial death in 11 days

P. Karuna Nithi, 42, died at the lock-up in Tampin, Negri Sembilan, on Saturday.

Negri Sembilan police chief Datuk Osman Salleh has dismissed criminal element in the events leading to Karuna’s death, but nevertheless said the incident was still under investigation.

“This is a straight-forward case in which the Tampin Hospital which examined the body did not find any injury or bruise,” Bernama quoted him telling a media conference today.
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Osman said the police studied footage of the closed-circuit television camera recording from the lock-up and found no evidence of criminal force on Karuna throughout his detention.

“The post-mortem conducted by the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital further confirmed there were no assault or abuse marks on the body although the cause of death has yet to be determined,” he added.

Third custodial death in 11 days

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The custodial deaths ratchet up the pressure on PHM’s point man in Najib’s administration, Waythamoorhty, to explain the movement’s dropping of the demand to halt custodial deaths, which its critics increasingly contend was an act driven by craven political expediency rather than anything nobler.

Kulasegaran said, “As things are, Waythamoorthy’s appointment as deputy minister is constitutionally suspect because he did not win a seat in Parliament nor was he appointed a Senator.”

“Now with three custodial deaths in a row he must have the hide of an elephant to hold on to his deputy minister’s post. He should give it up if he has any sense of shame and apologise to the Indian Malaysians for selling out their interest,” said the DAP federal legislator.

Malaysiakini

3 deaths in 11 days: Waytha has to go, says Kula

DAP national vice chairperson M Kulasegaran said today that the deaths of three persons in a matter of 11 days occurring while they were in police custody made the position of P Waythamoorthy as deputy minister in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration “well-nigh untenable”.

“My advice to him is that he should not waste time and that he quit the administration forthwith,” said the MP for Ipoh Barat, who in the past has often been the target of the ire of Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia (PHM), the Hindu rights movement led by Waythamoorthy, for being the local Indian version of what African Americans once caustically called ‘Uncle Tom’.
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Waythamoothy-led PHM had worked out an eleventh-hour accommodation with BN before the May 5 polls which saw the movement shed the fifth and sixth points of a six-point program that they required competing coalitions, BN and Pakatan Rakyat, to endorse as a pre-condition for his group’s electoral support.

Pakatan turned out to be lukewarm to the whole idea whereas BN emerged as late suitors of Hindraf, albeit one that required the Hindu rights body to trim its sails on two counts: the demand for a halt to custodial deaths and an end to institutionalised racism.

Trading cause for position?

“Now we can see why Prime Minister Najib Razak required PHM to drop the halt to custodial deaths demand,” remarked Kulasegaran, in the wake of the latest death of an Indian Malaysia detainee – engineer P Karuna Nithi – while in police custody in Tampin yesterday.

Earlier deaths to N Dhamendran, while in a KL police headquarters lockup on May 21, and to R James Ramesh in a Penang police lockup on May 26, had set local human rights advocates’ nerves on edge.

3 deaths in 11 days: Waytha has to go, says Kula

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Malaysian Insider

Don’t speculate on detainee’s death, cautions police chief

June 02, 2013

SEREMBAN, June 2 – The police have cautioned the public not to speculate or spread a purported report that a detainee who died at the Tampin police station lock-up last night, was a victim of assault or abuse.

Dismissing criminal element in the events leading to the death of P.V. Karuna Nithi, Negeri Sembilan police chief Datuk Osman Salleh said the incident, nevertheless, was still under investigation.

“This is a straight-forward case in which the Tampin Hospital which examined the body did not find any injury or bruise,” he said in a media conference here today.

He said Karuna Nithi, 42, who was detained last Tuesday after he pleaded guilty in a court to assaulting his wife, was found unconscious in the lock-up about 6.30pm.

Osman said the police called for an ambulance from the Tampin Hospital but the jobless man was already dead when paramedics arrived.

The death of Karuna Nithi was timed at 7pm, he added. – Bernama

Don’t speculate on detainee’s death, cautions police chief

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Malaysian Insider

Side Views

How many more custodial deaths to reform procedures? — The Malaysian Insider

June 02, 2013

JUNE 2 — P. Karuna Nithi died yesterday in a police lock-up, just under two weeks after N. Dharmendran died in another police lock-up.

How many more Malaysians or anyone else for that matter have to die before the authorities take notice and ensure that those who enter a police lock-up don’t come out in a body bag?

How many more times do Malaysians have to raise this matter before the government takes action and throws the book at errant policemen?

How many more times before Malaysians think that custodial deaths appear to be a policy condoned by those in power?

How many more times before Malaysians think that custodial deaths appear to be a policy condoned by those in power?

According to rights group Suaram, there were 218 cases of alleged deaths in custody in Malaysia from 2000 to this month, with its records showing that nine of those cases occurred in 2012, while five cases took place this year.

A United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention 2010 visit to Malaysian prisons and detention centres reported in 2011 that between 2003 and 2007, “over 1,500 people died while being held by authorities.”

All this shows custodial deaths are not new. Previous cases have thrown up proposals for CCTVs, independent oversight and better procedures but still, people die in lock-ups.

The duly elected government must take action now. Any delay will further deepen the trust deficit that already persists in the country.

After all, if we can’t trust the police with our lives, who can we trust?

Any other answer than the police will lead to social breakdown, absolute distrust and lawlessness.

All because the authorities have ignored what is clear to all of us — a police force that thinks it is a law unto itself.

How many more custodial deaths to reform procedures? — The Malaysian Insider

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SHOCKING FIGURES

According to rights group Suaram, there were 218 cases of alleged deaths in custody in Malaysia from 2000 to this month, with its records showing that nine of those cases occurred in 2012, while five cases took place this year.

A United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention 2010 visit to Malaysian prisons and detention centres reported in 2011 that between 2003 and 2007, “over 1,500 people died while being held by authorities.”

The Malaysian Bar, civil society groups and several politicians from both sides of the divide have called for the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to be implemented to reform the police force since 2006.

The IPCMC, which was mooted by a royal commission chaired by former Chief Justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah but shot down by the police, was to be modeled on the IPCC, as well as other police oversight bodies in New South Wales and Queensland in Australia, and Hong Kong.

Cops deny criminal element as another detainee dies in lock-up

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Malaysian Insider

Cops deny criminal element as another detainee dies in lock-up

June 02, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 — A 43-year-old man died at the Tampin, Negri Sembilan lock-up yesterday, raising the number of deaths under the police watch that have already claimed the lives of five people this year.

P. Karuna Nithi was found unconscious by policemen on duty at around 6.30pm Saturday and pronounced dead by paramedics from the Tampin hospital who arrived on the scene, The New Sunday Times reported today.

Negri Sembilan police chief Datuk Osman Salleh has confirmed the death but declined to elaborate further.

“The post-mortem report has yet to be released, so I cannot speak further. We have classified the case as sudden death, no criminal element,” Osman was quoted telling TV station Astro Awani.

He is expected to hold a news conference on the case in Seremban later today.

Cops deny criminal element as another detainee dies in lock-up

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Malaysiakini

Karuna is third death-in-custody victim in 11 days

Engineer P Karuna Nithi has become the third person to die in police custody in less than two weeks. The family was informed of his death in Tampin last night.

Karuna’s family was informed by telephone at 9.45pm yesterday that he had “suddenly died” about 7pm at the Tampin district police headquarters, former Kapar MP S Manivasagam said today.

Manivasagam who accompanied the family to Hospital Tuanku Jaafar in Seremban this morning said the family found injuries on Karuna’s body.

Kapar MP S Manikavasagam in dang wangi sex tape report“Only two persons were allowed to see the body. I was not allowed as I am not a family member, so I told the family to check the body.

“They family was not allowed to move the body but there was blood on the tray where the body was placed,” Manivasagam (left) told Malaysiakini when contacted.

Karuna’s brother P Ilam said when contacted that he saw bruises on Karuna’s arms and blood on his head.

“He was bleeding from the back of his head and there were bruises on his left and right arms.

“The doctor said something may have happened to him in the lock-up but we are not sure what,” he said.

Close to 1pm today, Manivasagam said the post-mortem was still going on and the family would claim the body later today.

Karuna is third death-in-custody victim in 11 days

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Free Malaysia Today

Ex-engineer dies in police custody

Zefry Dahalan | June 2, 2013

The victim, who was about to be bailed out tomorrow, died suddenly last night at the Tampin district police headquarters.

SEREMBAN: A 42-year-old former engineer has suddenly died while in police custody in Tampin last night.

The family of P Karuna Nithi from Gemencheh, Tampin, was informed by a police personnel at about 9.45pm last night that he has died suddenly in Tampin district police headquarters.

His body has been sent to Hospital Tuanku Jaafar (Seremban General Hospital) last night for post mortem, the outcome of which will be known later today. Negeri Sembilan police chief Osman Salleh is expected to hold a press conference on this matter later today.
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According to Karuna’s brother Elam, the former was arrested on May 29 following a misunderstanding with his wife. Karuna and his wife have two children, aged 13 and 15.

He was then remanded for three day before being charged at the Tampin magistrate’s court on May 31.

“He claimed trial and was allowed bail of RM4,000. The family was unable to raise the money immediately, so he was taken back to be remanded at the Tampin district police headquarters,” Elam told FMT.

“We were supposed to pay the bail amount tomorrow (Monday) morning to secure his release but last night we received a call about his sudden death,” he said.

The family does not know the cause of Karuna’s death yet.

However they claimed that they found blood at the back of Karuna’s head and that there were marks on his left arm.

Former Kapar MP S Manikavasagam is with the family to offer support.

Ex-engineer dies in police custody

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5 Responses to P. Karuna Nithi, dead with 49 injuries: High Court upholds coroner’s finding implicating cops in custodial death…

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  2. SPANNER says:

    Wats happening in the police force.Credibility is a question mark now.
    Are future detainee going to have same fate. Leader who talk a lot claiming serving the indians ..can you now please come forward and say something.

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