Detainee’s mum wants son’s release, independent probe

(The Star) – The mother of a drug suspect, who drank thinner while in police custody, wants her son to be released immediately and an independent body to probe the incident.

Housewife Jiknah Harun said she wanted her son to be freed or given police bail for “the sake of his safety”.

“I want an investigation on who did this to my son and how he drank the thinner and I’m asking an independent body to be set up and investigate the case.

“I want justice for my son and stringent actions on those police officers who are responsible,” she said after lodging a police report over the incident at the Klang police headquarters Saturday.

She was accompanied by her family members, lawyer N. Surendran and some 30 PKR, Pas and Makkal Sakthi members and supports, who also staged a protest outside the police station.

Jiknah also claimed that police had used rubber hose to beat up her son and had kicked him in his back.

Anwar Mansor, 23, who was arrested for allegedly possession of marijuana, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital after he was said to have drank thinner at the district police headquarters on Wednesday.

It is believed that he was squatting by a table, where a police officer was preparing a report on his arrest at 2.30am, when he grabbed the bottle and drank the fluid.

Anwar was arrested by police in a raid in Jalan Kebun at 11.30pm on Tuesday and later tested positive for drugs. He was in stable condition and being treated at the normal ward.

State PKR youth chief Khairul Anwar Ahmad Zainuddin called for the suspension of the police officers involved and for the new Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein to look into the matter.