Indira believes ex-husband will abscond overseas with her child


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  • Sunday, 01 May 2016

IPOH: The Federal Court has ordered the police to arrest her ex-husband but M. Indira Gandhi (pic) knows the battle to get her youngest daughter back is far from over.

The 41-year-old single mother is worried that her ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah - a Muslim convert, will abscond overseas with Prasana Diksa, 8, who she believes is still with him.

“I want to see my baby. I last heard that she was at Kota Baru, Kelantan, in 2014. He is supposed to return my daughter,” she told reporters yesterday.

Indira lodged a report at Ipoh Police District Headquarters saying her ex-husband was in contempt for refusing to return Prasana.

“From what I know, my ex-husband still uses the same mobile number since 2009.

“He might be in Kota Baru or he might have fled from there.

“I hope the authorities will be able to locate him, and the Immigration officials can stop him if he tries to cross the border.”

In a unanimous decision on Fri­day, the apex court ordered the Inspector-General of Police to execute a warrant of arrest for Muham­mad Riduan, formerly known as K. Pathma­nathan, for disobeying a court order in 2009 to give back Prasana to his former wife.

Her lawyer M. Kulase­garan urged IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to form a Special Task Force to oversee Muhd Riduan’s arrest.

“There is a real fear the child could be taken to Thailand or elsewhere. It would be wise for the police to ask the Immigration to monitor the border exits strictly,” he said to reporters.

Prasana was 11 months old when her father grabbed her from the family home in 2009.

On Friday, the Federal Court restored the mandamus order by the Ipoh High Court compelling the IGP to find Prasana and return her to Indira.

In an immediate reaction, Khalid said he will obey the court decision.

After Indira lodged her report, Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said Muhammad Riduan was now on the wanted list. Whoever has any information or the suspect himself can meet or contact investigating officers ASP Kamariah Jamaludin at 05-2451628 or 016-5249091 or Sgt Mej Helen Perera 013-5189925 or any police station in the district.

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