Brothers’ family unhappy about handling of case

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  • Monday, 29 Dec 2003


IPOH: Family members of the two brothers who were shot in Kuala Terla, Cameron Highlands, have expressed their dissatisfaction over the way the police are handling the case. 

R. Thana Balan, 25, who is the middle brother to Jenathan, 23, and Murali Balan, 27, claimed that the police did not arrest the two brothers of the 51-year-old Rela member whom they alleged were also involved in the incident. 

He said that his family was also unhappy as the police did not handcuff the Rela member when arresting him at the scene of the incident. 

“We want to know why,” he said at the Ipoh Hospital’s mortuary where a post-mortem was being carried out on his brother Jenathan. 

Jenathan’s body was brought back to Kuala Terla after the post-mortem by his family members and cremated at the Hindu cemetery yesterday evening. 

Cameron Highlands deputy OCPD Asst Supt Hanafi Md Zain said police had recorded statements from the suspect’s two brothers after the incident. 

“Investigations are still going on. The case is not closed yet and if there is a need we will and can call them at any time to help us in our investigations,” he said. 

On why the suspect was not handcuffed, ASP Hanafi said: “That is based on our decision and what is appropriate at that time.”  

In the 11.40am incident on Friday, Jenathan was shot in the chest and died on arrival at the Tanah Rata Hospital, while Murali Balan was shot in the left shoulder and admitted to the Ipoh Hospital. 

His family members later transferred him to a private hospital. 

The shooting is said to have occurred after a motorcycle accident involving the Rela member and the victims in Kuala Terla town.  

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