IGP assures transparent investigation over custodial death in Nibong Tebal

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  • Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014

PETALING JAYA: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has assured that a transparent investigation will be conducted over the latest custodial death in Nibong Tebal, Penang.

Via his Twitter account, Khalid said the police would conduct a thorough investigation while forensic experts would be roped in as well.

“We hope the public will not speculate on the matter or spread baseless information that will benefit anyone.

“We will get to the truth of the matter,” he said Wednesday.

It was reported a theft suspect who was due to be charged in a Magistrate’s Court was found dead in his cell at the Nibong Tebal police station.

A. Punniyathan, 40, was found naked lying face down at 6.20am on Monday.

A post-mortem later showed that he died of a lung infection.

It is believed that the man was screaming hysterically inside his cell and had stripped naked in his isolation cell on Saturday.

He was later sent to the Sungai Bakap Hospital and an injection was given to calm him down before he was brought back to his cell.

Odd-job worker Punniyathan is believed to have had a criminal record, Supt Shafien told a press conference at the district police headquarters, adding that he and an accomplice were apprehended on Feb 5 in Sungai Bakap by a house owner for trying to steal scrap metal.


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