Suspected addict dies after collapsing in police station

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) July 17 – A suspected drug addict collapsed while having his finger prints recorded at the Narcotics Division of the Sentul Police District Headquarters here today, and died when being rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

Sentul police chief ACP Zakaria Pagan said said R. Gunasegaran, 31, collapsed between 6.45pm and 7pm, and was pronounced dead at 7.40pm at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

A police officer tried to administer first aid but Gunasegaran did not respond, he said.

“After the effort failed, he was sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival by a medical officer. We believe he died while on the way to the hospital,” he told reporters at his office, here.

Zakaria said a post-mortem revealed that death was caused by drug intoxication, and the case was classified as sudden death.

“No force was applied on him or on any of the other detainees. They were undergoing a standard interrogation process,” he said.

Zakaria said the inspection by the medical officer at the hospital found no injury on the body of Gunasegaran and that this was confirmed by a magistrate.

He said Gunasegaran was arrested along with four other suspected drug addicts in Sentul at 5.30pm yesterday and eight tubes containing a white powder believed to be heroin were found on them.

Police were trying to locate the family of Gunasegaran, he said, and urged people who had a missing relative by that name to contact ASP Wong Chan Yim at 019….