Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fugitive cop in Dhamendran's death finally revealed

Police have today released the name and photograph of an inspector who is the fourth suspect wanted for the murder of N Dhamendran, who died in police custody.
In a press release late this evening, Kuala Lumpur criminal investigation department (CID) chief Ku Chin Wah,revealed that the officer was Inspector Hare Krishnan K Subramaniam. Ku stated that Hare Krishnan was serving in his department but has been absent without leave since June 15.
“(Hare Krishnan) is also wanted to assist in investigations of a death in Tun HS Lee lockup, report number: 18468/13,” the statement reads.
Although Ku's press release did not mention Dhamendran's name at all, he confirmed that Hare Krishnan was the fourth suspect when asked by Malaysiakini. Furthermore, the police report number quoted by Ku's press release is the same police report number stated in Dhamendran's autopsy report.
Ku had initially attributed Dhamendran’s death to breathing difficulties, but a post-mortem later found that the 31-year-old’s death was a result of "multiple blunt force trauma", leading police to reclassify the case as murder under section 302 of the Penal Code.
On the run for six weeks
On June 5, three police personnel, a sergeant and  two corporals, were charged with the murder of police detainee Dhamendran, who was found dead in lockup last May 21.
The accused - Jaffri Jaafar, 44, Mohd Nahar Abd Rahman, 45, and Mohd Haswadi Zamri Shaari, 32 - are charged with committing the offence between 12.20pm and 2.50pm on May 21, 2013, at the Special Investigations Division (D9), Level 7 of the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters. However, the fourth suspect could not be charged as he went missing. He was not named in court.
Two days later, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar revealed that police were on the hunt for an inspector. Prior to this, there had been calls for the police to reveal the identity of the fourth suspect, to which the police offered no replies until now.
Dhamendran died on May 21 after spending 10 days in police custody.
Those with information of Hare Krishnan's whereabouts are advised to contact their nearest police station or send a text message to the Kuala Lumpur police at 32728.
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