Police satisfied with probe, no plans to meet family


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Oct 2003

PETALING JAYA: Police will not be meeting the family of a 19-year-old STPM student who was killed in a recent shootout with police in Nilai, Negri Sembilan. 

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Salleh Mat Som said he was satisfied with  

his personnel’s investigations into the incident. 

He said the student, V. Viknes, had fired at the police when a CID team cornered him and his two friends – S. Puvaneswaran, 24, and T. Katiravan, 25, – in Kota Seri Emas, Nilai, at 10pm on Friday. 

Comm Salleh said this during a press conference after a ceremony where Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd handed over two vehicles to the police at Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel yesterday. 

To a question on the claims that Viknes was killed after being arrested by police as there were no bullet holes on his shirt, Comm Salleh replied: “No such thing,” but he declined to elaborate.  

Viknes' family has handed over a protest note to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Norian Mai at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman. 

Viknes’ forwarding clerk father G. Vesvanathan, 47, and his close friend S. Simon had lodged several police reports pertaining to the incident, demanding a detailed explanation. 

DAP national publicity bureau chief Gobind Singh Deo said that although police had the right to perform their duty, they must explain to the people if their action had resulted in deaths. 

“Morals aside, there must be some measure of law to direct the police to issue reports of the incident and details on why it was necessary to shoot and kill.  

“These reports must be available to the families of the deceased,” he said in a statement.  

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