KUALA LUMPUR: They were the best of friends. When one of their wives went overseas, the other came forward willingly to look after his friend's 19-month-old toddler son.
However, their decade-long friendship came to an end when the child G. Dharmalinggam died suddenly on Saturday and matters took a turn for the worse when his father lodged a police report alleging that his son could have been abused.
Soon after the report, police obtained a court order to exhume the body from the Hindu cemetery along Jalan Templer here yesterday.
I know he is my best friend but I had to lodge a report as I want justice for my son, S. Gopal 42, said, adding that he and his friend, who is his colleague, were like brothers.
He said he had to leave his son with his friend as his wife went overseas last year and he could not take care of the boy due to his hectic work schedule.
Gopal said he got a call on Saturday informing him that his son was sick.
By the time I got to the house, my son was dead, he said.
As I was too distraught to do anything, my friend made all the funeral arrangements including getting the death certificate, he said, adding that the cause of death was stated as high fever.
Asked what had made him suspect that his son was abused, Gopal said he noticed his son had bruises on his body and head when he bathed the body before the funeral.
At that time, I believed my friend and his wife had nothing to do it and went ahead with the burial ceremony, he said, adding that since then, he had been feeling restless and lodged a police report on Monday.
Gombak CID chief Deputy Supt Wan Zainudin Wan Ahmad confirmed that the police had exhumed the body for a post-mortem to determine the cause of death.