A Kugan’s death in police custody: Murder

From Malaysiakini:

Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail has classified the case involving A Kugan, the 22-year-old detainee who died in police custody on Tuesday, as murder.

To know more, Antares has Malaysiakini’s previous report, plus photos. Gruesome photos that stayed with me most of yesterday.

I cannot begin to describe what this could mean.

For someone to die with so little dignity left intact is a tragic story. But for that someone to die in such a manner while under police custody escalates this case to another level altogether.

I can’t speak of “the good ol’ days” when everyone could trust the police force to do whatever in their power to protect the people. I’m only 22, and I have never had any contact whatsoever with the police. I don’t know of such “good ol’ days”.

But I imagine that the police are supposed to be there for exactly that reason. To protect the people. They are supposed to be the law-keepers. Their presence is supposed to let us feel safe.

But for a murder to happen while someone is under their charge is completely outrageous. They are the law keepers. They are NOT above the law. And they cannot take law into their own hands.

This, of course, is not the first time that we are hearing of such atrocities happening to people who are under police custody. I’ve previously read of cases where females are molested or raped while under police custody. I’ve read about other people dying under police custody. I’ve read of the use of corporal punishment and abuse, sometimes torture even, of people under police custody.

For whatever “reasons” these things happen, they shouldn’t. Simply because it is sending out all the wrong messages about what the police are supposed to be doing.

The police are there to carry out investigations. To keep peace. Their job description does not include carrying out punishments. It does not include proclaiming a person guilty of an offense before a verdict in court has been reached. And they simply are not supposed to lay their hands on the people. Force is something that the police are supposed to use sparingly, and under the most dire of conditions, if not NOT AT ALL.

The murder of A Kugan adds to a long list of reasons why people are losing, or have lost, confidence in our police force.


11 Comments on “A Kugan’s death in police custody: Murder”

  1. amoker says:

    Trully, another black eye to our cops. And they have no dignity to come out with the truth

  2. humaneructus says:

    Why is DPM keeping quiet on this issue .Not even a remark regarding the tragedy .

  3. Paul Warren says:

    Syed Hamid Albar has said that Police do detain peole for their own protection.

    I suppose there are others who they detain to carry out investigations.

    And yet others to be charged and subsequently jailed.

    Some of course they detain for their own pleasure to beat them up to pulp. Whether they survive or not is not their problem.

    And the police seem to have a standard response for the murders they commit while the deceased was in their custody.

    Liquid in Lungs. Hung himself. Escaped and jumped into Klang River. Sudden death. Fell and hurt himself.

    And of course they take the atitude, “ah, another Indian…one less Indian is o.k. with us”!! Samy won’t do anything!! We can rely on Samy to do the necessary damage control!!

    Come to think of it, has the publicity on Kugan’s case become so because Samy is not playing his role well for damage control? After all he is not a Minister now and probably a little frustrated too…

  4. bangmalaysia says:

    Did you see the young man’s face frothing at the mouth and the ghastly bruises and lacerations and they claim that he died of fluid in the lungs.

    Enough is enough, it’s about time that every right-minded Malaysian speak-out or we’ll forever condone such babaric violence by the people who were entrusted to protect us.

  5. jonathan says:

    The sad thing is the police cannot take criticism or self examination and admit that they have wronged and there are corrupt cops! Try and point a finger at them even if it’s in the blog, they’d use any means to track you down. Their weapon is actually the fear they have instilled in BolehLand that they can do no wrong and even if they did, they think they are the law and can get away with it! BolehLand is still third world, the IGP will never resign or take responsibility

  6. Gladfly says:

    For Kugan to die of a violent death and without dignity is a great shame to the deceased, his race and his community. His death questions the moral and legal legitimacy of the state apparatus, and the social conditions that result in this tragedy.

    11 of the policemen have been transferred to do ‘light-duties’. This suggests that the alleged murder is carried out by a group of people and not an individual. As an individual, any one of them could well be a toothless tiger. However, they become vicious and blood-thirsty when operating as a group like a lynch mob. We do not know exactly what have gone wrong without factual knowledge.

    But, we could possibly deduce what are the possible causes.It is reported that there are 1,535 custodial deaths between 2003 and 2007. This suggests that violent deaths are not isolated instances but a pattern of physical and psychological cruelty. Also, there must exist a culture of immunity over a long period against prosecution for this pattern to develop. Such culture, along with green-light from the top leaders, would logically result in sadistic torture.

    Is this then a question of a few bad apples in a good barrel, or bad apples in bad barrel? If it is just the bad apples, just take them out, and we will be happily thereafter. We do not know whether the 11 policemen are good cops before they join the police force. Research study like the famous Stanford Prison Experiment proposes that good people becomes evil when placed in a bad system. This suggests that good people can become murderers, what more for bad people. The whole system, the barrel, need to be reviewed, if not revolutionalised, instead of narrowing the issues to who commit the murder.

    http://www.prisonexp.org/links.htm#iraq

    The social conditions of poverty that shame an individual, a race and a community must be seriously looked into and rectified. When the nation’s wealth are mostly in the hands of the very few, and the majority has to bear the humiliation of grinding poverty, such gross inequality of the classes in society breeds violence and crime. Hope that Kugan’s death does not become distorted into racial issues, but the eradication of the shaming causes of violence and crime.
    __________
    You said: “It is reported that there are 1,535 custodial deaths between 2003 and 2007.”

    Do you have a link that I can follow to that particular report? Thanks.

  7. Gladfly says:

    http://votecharles.wordpress.com/

    Please refer to the above link to Charles Santiago’s blog dated 22nd Jan 2009(Government must act urgently to stop custodial killings) which reads ‘.. According to statistics revealed in Parliament last year, there were a total of 1,535 custodial deaths in the country between 2003 and 2007.’

    This is secondary source, so I wrote ‘It is reported that..’. I think this source is credible.

    This statistical number is too weak to express the full magnitude and depth of suffering. But every number will surely tell a story, a tragic life-story, if we ever know it.
    _________
    Thanks for the link. Yes, I also believe the source is credible. Especially since it was mentioned in Parliament, I’m sure there should be records of it in Hansard. The numbers are very very disturbing.

  8. Joe says:

    Water in the lungs.” Water Boarding. America approved interrogation method. Only now reclassified as torture by Obama.

    For those who want to understand waterboarding. It goes like this. Hang a guy unside down. Tie up his hands. Fill a simple everyday plastic bag with water.Slip it up his head and tie it around his neck. The time is left to the pleasure of the interrogator. Cut the bag. This offers a sensation of being drowned. Of course, sometimes people die. Especially after all that horrendous beatings.

    Than again. It is the political system. The people that forms the government has given the baton to a presumed leader to keep their flock within their assigned pastures, if you can call it a pasture. Any strays is for the pleasure of the “Polisi Raja di Malaysia”. So was Altantuya. Now forgotten.

    You may recall one of my earlier comments. The police or just the people.

    Best Regards

    Joe.

  9. pepito says:

    fuck the corrupt ,unscrupulous police!

  10. sharma ramesh says:

    DR OP MURTY IS AN EMPLOYEE OF ALL INDIA INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES,NEW DELHI,INDIA A GOVERNMENT OF INDIA HOASPITAL, HE IS AN ABSCONDER FROM INDIA AND WAS WORKING IN KING FAISAL UNIVERSITY SAUDI ARABIA DEPARTMENT OF FORENSIC MEDICINE WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF INDIAN GOVERNMENT,HE WENT TO MALAYSIA IN MARCH 2009 WITHOUT THE PEMISSION OF GOVERNMENT OF INDIA WHICH VIOLATES MANY INDIAN LAW FOR WHICH HE WILL BE PUNISHED IN INDIA. RIGHT NOW HE IS BACK TO AIIMS NEW DELHI AND PHASING LEGAL INQUIRY UNDER MANY PROVISION OF INDIAN LAW

    PLEASE CONTACT HIS CURRENT EMLOYER
    1.DIRECTOR,AIIMS,NEW DELHI-29 INDIA
    2.MINISTER OF HEALTH MR AZAD,NIRMAN BHAWAN,NEW DELHI,INDIA

    • Jeff Vandenburg says:

      Ok, firstly we don’t care who is going where.
      Secondly, don’t cry about it here if some guy f#%ked you over. This page is about a story and to talk about it, so keep the post related to it, or if feel like spamming or talking bulls@&t make ur own web site!
      I am sure all will agree!


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