Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Depart P Wathyamoorthy questioned the Police swift action in the shooting of three Indian gang members early Monday morning in the suburbs of Geogetown, Pulau Pinang. The tone of the HINDRAF Chairman’s doubt of Police professionalism reflects his anti-government tendencies.
Was it shootout or execution in Penang, deputy minister questions police
BY LEE SHI-IAN
AUGUST 20, 2013
Deputy Minister P. Waythamoorthy has raised questions about the shooting of five Indian gangsters in Penang. He believes the police executed them.
His comments are likely to put pressure on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who was criticised heavily by Umno politicians for appointing Waythamoorthy to the administration.
MIC Youth chief T. Mohan did so too, saying it would further weaken Indian support for the government.
Waythamoorthy, who is also Hindraf chairperson, said that in the past few years many Indian youths had been shot dead by police who were not able to justify the killings.
The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department acknowledged that the crime situation in Malaysia was serious and police were responsible for keeping the peace.
“However, shooting suspects dead is not the way to go about maintaining internal security and public order,” Waythamoorthy said, calling for an inquest into the deaths of the five youths.
“The Attorney-General should call for an inquest immediately while the evidence is still fresh. The inquest would also dispel the mistrust surrounding the police on probing their own alleged misconduct,” he said.
In questioning the way the five were killed in the shootout, Waythamoorthy said, “Photos of their injuries suggest that the five suspected Gang 04 members had been shot at point-blank range.
“Nobody in their right frame of mind would believe that the five had been killed in a shootout if they saw the photographs.
“It has been a standard answer of the police that they were forced to defend themselves after being shot at.
“But the injuries on the suspects don’t fit the description of a shootout. They give the impression that they had been shot at point-blank range.”
Waythamoorthy also expressed his bafflement that the nation’s top cop concluded that the five men had been involved in 10 murders and two attempted murder cases.
Police recovered three weapons from the suspects and several rounds of ammunition after the shootout.
“How were the ballistics tests carried out so fast? Even if it was possible, how could the firearms be linked to 10 previous murder cases so quickly?” Waythamoorthy wondered.
He said the public was no longer easily misled by the standard answers given by the police every time they killed criminals.
Waythamoorthy said if it was true that police had been observing the five suspects for some time, there was no reason why they couldn’t have been arrested instead of being shot dead.
The suspects’ families have complained about their deaths and alleged that they had been shot like “animals”, according to Malaysiakini. – August 20, 2013.
Wathyamoorthy would have means to obtain information about these three Indian men gunned down after Police raided their nest and found three firearms and live ammunitions, without the need to make an Opposition-toned statement via the media.
This brief report about the shooting has been circulated around in the social media:
Bertindak atas maklumat senjatapi pada 19/08/13 jam lebih kurang 0430hrs sepasukan pegawai/angogta polis dari JSJ D9 Pulau Pinang dengan dibantu JSJ D9 Bukit Aman serta D9 Kedah telah membuat serbuan di alamat: 1104, Century Bay Service Apartment, Sg Nibong , pulau Pinang
Pasukan serbuan terus berbalas tembakan dan menyerbu kediaman tembakan di hentikan sehingga tiada lagi ancaman.
Hasil pemeriksaan dapati 5 Lelaki India telah mati ditembak dan 3 pucuk pistol dirampas. Butir-butir saspek dan senjatapi:
1) Nama: Gobinath A/L Jayasooryam
Alamat: 1568, Kg Main Road, 13600 Perai, Pulau Pinang.
Rekod Jenayah 1. Prai no. report 5430/09 Sek. 324 KK, 2. Sek Ceo -6(1)(c)
2) Nama: Rakan A/L Nagaiah
Alamat: D38 Sg Nibong Kecil, Bayan Baru 11900 Bayan Lepas Pulau Pinang.
Rekod jenayah: 1. Pulau Tikus no. report 748/05 Sek 394KK (Dikehendaki). 2. PPA Machang no. report 00/09 -POPC 4 (1) Ditahan 2 tahun 3. PPA Machang no. report 00/11 – PDPC 7A (1) Ditahan 2 tahun dan 4. PPA Machang 00/12 – PDPC 7B (1) ditahan (pembatalan)
3) Nama: Ramesh A/L Raganathan
Alamat: 1-4-2 Jalan Perkaka dua, Sg Dua, Gelugor, Pulau Pinang.
Rekod Jenayah : 1. Dadah DDA 39(A)(1) (Dikehendaki).
Senjatapi di jumpai : 1 pucuk Norinco berwarna perak
4) Nama: Vinut A/L Anbalagan
Alamat: 3-12-B Blok Seratus Taman Selatan, Medan Penaga 11600 George Town Pulau Pinang.
Geng 04 . Rekod jenayah : Tiada rekod
Senjatapi di jumpai: 1 pucuk Revolver .38s barrel 4 inci berwarna Perak
Nama: Suresh A/L Murugasen
Alamat: 7-G-4 Kompleks Teratai, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang.
Rekod jenayah: 1. Tg. Tokong no. report 2143/11 Sek. 147 KK (Dikehendaki)
Senjatapi djumpai: 1 pucuk walther PPK berwarna hitam.
5. Nama:Gobinath a/l Myavanam
Alamat : 44, Tingkat Berani 2, Jln Mohd Saad, Bagan Jermal, Butterworth.
Rekod jenayah : Tiada rekod**********
It is baffling to learn that Wathyamoorthy is completely oblivion of such information. Unless Wathyamoorthy is hopeless to get co-operation even though he is already in government as a Deputy Minister or he is complete dump for understanding the role that he should be playing when Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak appointed him.
Wathyamoorthy should be supportive of the Police Force, for trying to restore order to the near madness state of serious crimes with the rampant shootings. After all, he is also a lawyer who is deemed as someone who could at least know how to sought for the usual Police Force procedure, when it comes to a case involving gunned down bandits.
Yesterday wasnt the first time bandits were gunned down. It is not rocket science to understand this because of the three firearms recovered in the premise.
Then again during his involvement with HINDRAF, he could be exposed or ‘infected’ by the Indian triad groups since the pressure group once viewed as being an extremist Indian movement with militant tendencies.