Another detainee, S. Balamurugan is dead: That is one too many…

On 8 February 2017, S. Balamurugan, 44, was found dead at the North Klang police station after he was arrested with two other men, one of whom was wanted by the police.


18 January 2018

Police to blame for Balamurugan’s death, commission confirms

PUTRAJAYA: The commission tasked with overseeing the police force today confirmed that the police were responsible for the death of S Balamurugan, who died under police custody in February last year.

The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) said police had also failed to follow an order by the Magistrate’s Court to release Balamurugan, after a request to remand him was rejected.

“It is a serious misconduct not to follow the court’s ruling,” EAIC chief A Aziz A Rahim told reporters today.

The remand was rejected due to Balamurugan’s poor health condition.

The court had also asked the police officers in charge of investigating Balamurugan to get immediate medical treatment for him.

According to the EAIC, Balamurugan’s death was due to coronary artery disease with multiple blunt force injuries. It said this was confirmed by pathologists from Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital and Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

Aziz said the EAIC also found that standard operating procedures were ignored by police officers, adding that the attorney-general should bring criminal charges against them.

The commission said two policemen identified as “SP28” and “SP46” had abused their powers by ordering for Balamurugan to be rearrested without any justification.

Balamurugan was detained on Feb 6 and taken to the Klang Utara district police headquarters.

The following day, while at the Klang Magistrate’s Court awaiting his remand hearing, Balamurugan told his family and lawyer that he had been beaten by the police in the lock-up, and complained of bleeding and difficulty in breathing.

On Feb 8, about 6am, two policemen arrived at Balamurugan’s house and informed his wife, Natthanan Yoochomsok, 38, that her husband had died.

His younger brother, S Balraj, went to Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Klang to identify the body and was shocked to see dried blood on his face. However, he was not allowed to examine the whole body.

Pathologists said then that Balamurugan died of heart failure.

The EAIC held a public hearing into his case, after a second post-mortem showed he had suffered “multiple beatings” while in custody.

Recent cases:

On February 8, S. Balamurugan, 44, was found dead at the North Klang police station after he was arrested with two other men, one of whom was wanted by the police.

On January 18, Soh Kai Chiok, 49, reportedly died from inflammation of the intestine while under police custody in Bera after he was brought in for allegedly stealing bananas at a plantation.

26 Feb 2017

3h3 hours ago

Man dies in police custody at Bukit Sentosa lock-up


HULU SELANGOR: A man died while in police custody at the Bukit Sentosa lock-up here, just over two weeks after a similar death occurred at the North Klang police headquarters.

A sentry found Thanaseelan Muniandy, 43, unconscious in his cell at about 1.50am Saturday and alerted the officer manning the information counter at the Bukit Sentosa station.

Hulu Selangor OCPD Supt R. Supramaniam said the constable then informed the Bukit Sentosa chief of the situation and was instructed to contact Hospital Kuala Kubu Baru.

“An ambulance arrived and medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.



Another detainee dies in police custody


KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Just two weeks after a man died at a police station in Klang, another death in custody has happened, this time in Hulu Selangor.

Thanaseelan Muniandy, 43, was found unconscious in his cell at 1.50am Saturday at the Bukit Sentosa police station, just several hours after the police brought him to the Kuala Kubu Bharu hospital to treat his stomach pain.

“When a police guard found him lying unconscious, an ambulance was called in but he was pronounced dead at the scene,” Hulu Selangor police chief Supt R. Supramaniam said when contacted.

According to Supt Supramaniam, Thanaseelan was under a court remand for burglary from February 22 to 25.

“He (Thanaseelan) has a history of gastritis and we brought him to the hospital for treatment when he complained of stomach pains. The doctors gave him medicines and we brought him back,” he said.

Supt Supramaniam said the body of the deceased has been sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital for post-mortem.

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