Our son not going back to NS camp, say parents


BUKIT MERTAJAM: The parents of the youth who was beaten up by his fellow national service (NS) trainees have turned down an ultimatum demanding that he report back to Kem Syruz in Machang Bubok near here. 

K. Sundara Murthy, 50, said his son, Subhash Raj, 17, was still traumatised by the incident.  

He claimed that Subhash Raj had complained that trainers who saw the incident failed to prevent the trainees from attacking him. 

Sundara Murthy said NS officials contacted his family three times, including an ultimatum to send Subhash Raj back to the camp by 5pm today. 

“My wife called the camp and told the trainers that we are not going to send back Subhash, ever again,” he said. 

In the 2.30pm incident on Thurs-day, Subhash Raj was allegedly beaten up by three trainees following an argument which stemmed from one of them splashing water on him. 

Subhash Raj, sustained injuries on his head and right ear, was sent to a hospital for treatment by his parents before a police report was lodged.  

Sundra Murthy said NS officials at Kem Syruz had called for a meeting between his family and the attackers' families to discuss the matter. 

He said the meeting, proposed this Wednesday, should be held on a neutral ground and witnessed by a state assemblyman. 

Attempts to reach Kem Syruz officials for comment failed. The trainees will complete their session on Saturday.  

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