Kugan Murder: Dead man’s kin want culprits punished

(NST) The family of A. Kugan, 22, who died in police custody in Subang Taipan police station want the people responsible to be brought to book as soon as possible.

The victim's mother N. Indra, 41, said reclassifying the case as murder was not good enough. She wants to see justice done.

She was speaking to reporters after handing over a memorandum to the deputy Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Rodwan Yusof at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman here yesterday. Earlier, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had classified Kugan's death as murder.

"I can't say that my family is happy with the decision because no news can bring my son back. But, I'm relieved that those responsible for his death will not be let off the hook," said Indra, who was accompanied by her husband R. Ananthan.

The couple was joined by their lawyer N. Surendran, politicians from the opposition and Barisan Nasional, and about 50 demonstrators.
They included Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam, Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Hindraf coordinator S. Jayathas and Pemuda MIC's national youth chief C. Shivarraaj.

The crowd also demanded that Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar be dismissed for trying to deceive the public that the victim had died of breathing difficulties.

They alleged that Khalid was attempting to divert the attention of the death to the mortuary barging issue.

Meanwhile, Surendran refuted claims by Khalid that about 50 people stormed Serdang Hospital mortuary on Tuesday night.