Wednesday, April 13, 2011

MP, Hindraf supporters arrested for illegal assembly

Sungai Siput MP and 13 others were engaged in a peaceful assembly outside the Perak state assembly to highlight the plight on landless villagers.


IPOH : The police today arrested 14 people, including Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj and several Hindraf Makkal Sakthi supporters, for staging a peaceful protest outside the state assembly building.

The state assembly was in session when the arrests took place. The police said the protesters were arrested for failing to disperse after taking part in an illegal gathering.

The protesters had gathered to highlight the plight of Kampung Dewan Bandaraya Ipoh who have not been granted land titles for more than 10 years.

The residents want the BN-led government to sort out their land titles issues as soon as possible.

Among those arrested included Hindraf’s national secretary P Ramesh, who claimed that he had suffered injuries while being arrested as a result of police assault.

He has been taken to the Ipoh general hospital for treatment.

Hindraf’s legal advisor P Uthayakumar said Ramesh was kicked in the stomach and stepped on his
back by the police.

“He was also kicked on his head and neck. As a result he can’t even stand up properly and started vomiting. He was taken by an ambulance from the Ipoh district police headquarters to the Ipoh General Hospital,” he told FMT.

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