‘We have to investigate first’

(NST) – None of the 11 policemen being investigated for A. Kugan's death have been remanded as investigations are still going on.

"We are trying to establish if they were responsible for his death. Don't expect us to remand all of them without first conducting an investigation," Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said.

The 11 policemen from the Taipan police station have been reassigned to desk duties at the Selangor police headquarters.

Questions have been raised as to why the 11 were not remanded since it was a murder case.

Khalid reiterated that action would be taken against those found to have been involved in Kugan's death.

"We urge the public to be patient and allow us to do our job."

Asked about the second post-mortem report, Khalid said police had nothing to do with it, adding that questions pertaining to the report should be referred to Kugan's family.

It was reported that Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had demanded for the second post-mortem report after sending back the investigation papers on Kugan's death to the police for further probe.

Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan was seen entering the Attorney-General's Chambers about noon.

He left several hours later and rubbished the newspaper report alleging that the attorney-general had rejected police findings of the case.

"Investigations are still going on. It is being conducted fairly," he said, refusing to take further questions.

Kugan's death, which was earlier classified as voluntarily causing hurt to extort a confession, was reclassified as murder last Friday.

After the 22-year-old's death, a group of people allegedly barged into the Serdang Hospital mortuary to take photographs and to inspect the body.

Kugan, a suspected car thief, was arrested on Jan 14 after a car chase and was held at the Taipan police station.

He led police to the recovery of 13 stolen vehicles which were ready to be shipped overseas. He collapsed and died in the police station on Jan 20.