Two Indian youths, P Uthayakumar and K Batmanathan, were allegedly beaten up by the police while looking for the detained brother of one of the youths.
P Venayagam, the younger brother of Uthayakumar and M Khrishnan, the father of Batmanathan, have filed separate police reports on the matter at the Ipoh central police station.
According to Khrishnan, he was notified by the police that one of his younger sons, Vijaya Kumar, had been detained at the Tamil Settlement in Chemor on March 25 to assist in investigations into drug abuse.
According to the police report that he had filed, he claimed that: “On the night of March 25, my eldest son Batmanathan and his friend Uthayakumar had gone to the Chemor police station to check on his brother Vijaya Kumar.
“However, he was refused and asked to leave the police station. At the same time, he saw Vijaya Kumar being beaten up by some policemen and wanted to intervene.
‘Beaten until he lost consciousness’
“The policemen then turned to beat Batmanathan up instead. He was also taken to the Ipoh district police headquarters, where he was beaten until he lost consciousness.”
police brutality on youth in chemor perak 270309 05According to the complaint filed by Venayagam, he received a call from his older brother at 1.43am on Thursday, telling him that he too, had been beaten up in the police station.
“On March 26 morning, my brother and his friend Batmanathan were ordered to attend the remand hearing of Vijaya Kumar at the Ipoh Magistrates Court.
“However, both men were not seen in court. I feared for my brother’s safety as Batmanathan had been sent to the Ipoh General Hospital for treatment.
Told to contact an investigator
“On Thursday night, I called the telephone number that my brother had used in the police station to call me.
“I was greeted by a man who spoke in Malay. He told me to contact an investigator then hung up.”
When contacted by Malaysiakini, Khrishnan also confirmed that both Uthayakumar and Batmanathan were taken by police personnel to the Ipoh General Hospital for treatment.
He also remarked that that his son sustained swells and bruises on his eyes, lips, ears and arms.