Sunday, November 15, 2009

Police murder Indian in Penang

A 37-year-old man was shot dead in a car by the police in Weld Quay, George Town this afternoon.

Penang police chief Deputy. Comm Ayub Yaakob said the suspect was believed to be the leader of the ‘Deva Gang’, categorised as a ‘notorious robbery gang’ by the police.

He said a raiding party from Bukit Aman had been trailing the suspect, who was travelling in a black Perodua Myvi, from Bukit Jambul in Bayan Baru for about 20 minutes along the Jelutong Expressway.

Upon reaching the junction of Nordin Street Ghaut, he said the police car swiftly blocked the suspect’s car.

“A gunfight ensued when the suspect fired twice from his car the policemen.

“The suspect was however killed when the police returned fire,” summed up Ayub, adding that the incident happened about 3.50pm.

He also said a pistol HK 9mm and a Singapore identity card were recovered from the suspect’s car, which has a Kuala Lumpur registration number plate.

He said initial investigation revealed that the suspect had came from the federal capital to kidnap a person in Penang.

“He was foiled by the police,” Ayub alleged.

Today’s killing has happened just four days after police came under fire for killing five persons – aged 17 and 24 – during a shootout in Taman Klang Utama.

In the Monday’s killings, the police justified their act claiming that the deceases were part of a robbery gang ‘PCO Boy’.

Previously Bukit Aman police have claimed that ‘Deva Gang’ was a “brotherhood” formed at the Simpang Renggam detention centre 10 years ago.

The gang alleged gang leader Deva, who was at the time detained for alleged involvement in violent crimes and robberies, had allegedly formed the gang with two others he met at the centre.

The police had claimed that after roping in fresh blood after their release, the Deva Gang started its notorious crime spree and were allegedly behind at least 14 cases of armed robbery, luxury-car hijacking and murder in Penang, Perak, Selangor and Klang Valley.

Police have also linked the gang with the recent RM8.24 million cash-in-transit robbery outside a shopping centre in Cheras on May 18.

However, the shootout has not gone down well with the Human Rights Party leader P Uthayakumar.

He wants the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry immediate to probe into all the killings carried out by the police under the current Inspector General Musa Hassan reign.

He also called on Pakatan Rakyat MPs to table and support an emergency motion at the on-going parliamentary sitting to protest and stop the cold blooded killing spree carried out by the police in the name of crime-busting.

“The parliamentarians are duty bound to safeguard the people interests.

“Pakatan MPs should condemn these cold blooded murders by the police with total disregard to rule of law and natural process of the justice system,” he told Malaysiakini.

Uthayakumar also slammed the attorney general chambers for regularly failing to prosecute the police for such cold blooded murders.

He cited A Kugan’s case as an example where the AG Gani Patail only charge one policeman for the deceased’s death in custody although internal probe had revealed that at least 21 people were involved.