Why is Gunasegaran dead? Do you care?

Guna, they say, was assaulted by the police at the time of arrest. At the police station, again, Guna was assaulted. This time, though, with such severity that Guna fell and lost consciousness. Guna, they say, never regained consciousness.

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At 5.10pm on 16th July, 2009, Malaysiakini first reported on the tragic death of Teoh Beng Hock.

Later that same night, a vigil was held outside the MACC HQ in Shah Alam attended by about 500 people, angered and horrified by Teoh’s death, the circumstances surrounding the same, and the pathetic attempt on the part of the MACC to distance itself from any culpability for this young man’s tragic end.

By the morning of the next day, it bacame clear that the general public had not bought into the insensitive suggestion by a crass and callous minister that Teoh had leapt to his death.

The public wanted answers and relentlessly and loudly made this known.

What the public did not then know was that shortly after Teoh’s death was first reported by Malaysiakini, another, just slightly older than Teoh but differently circumstanced, died in police custoody.

R. Gunasegaran, aged 31, worked as a shop assistant in a toddy shop in Sentul.

On the evening of 16th July, Gunasegaran, along with several others, was arrested by an anti-dadah team.

The arrestees were all taken to the Sentul police station.

Two days later, on Saturday the 18th of July, the family of Gunasegaran was informed by the police that he was dead.

Cause of death?

According to the police, drug-related causes.

The burial permit, issued by the hospital authorities, narrates the same.