IGP: Bukit Aman working to track down Indira Gandhi's daughter, husband

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  • Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman is following all leads in the search for M. Indira Gandhi’s daughter and ex-husband, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

The Inspector-General of Police reiterated that the police had also formed a task force, led by acting Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed and appointed a contact person to liaise with Indira and NGO Indira Gandhi Action Team (Ingat) last week.

“We had a constructive meeting with the NGO and her lawyers last week.

“We have explained to them actions that have been taken so far to track down Indira’s former husband and daughter,’ he told a press conference on Wednesday (April 24).

Asked whether Indira’s daugther Prasana Diksa and ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah were in Thailand, Mohamad Fuzi said police would investigate.

“We also received information that they were sighted in Kelantan and Johor. In fact, we have searched and visited the locations, but there are no indication that they are there.

“We are not keeping still with information given to us, and we are continuing to follow up on every lead,” he said.

The IGP said the police still needed the public’s cooperation in tracking the duo down.

“We hope the public can pass on any information on their whereabouts to us,” he said.

Last week, Ingat chairman Arun Dorasamy said the IGP had agreed to form a task force to search for the father and daughter pair.

“This task force is long overdue, but it’s not too late to start something good,” Arun had said, following the meeting with the IGP.

During the meeting, Arun said they were given a presentation on what the police had been doing to locate Prasana and Muhammad Riduan.

Arun also said that Suhakam had agreed to hear their complaints on the issue, and was told that the commission was preparing to hold an inquiry.

Ingat lodged an official complaint on alleged human rights violation by the police and the government for refusing to act on police reports by Indira Gandhi. This, they said, resulted in Prasana, who was 11 months old when she was taken in 2009, going missing to this day.

Arun said Ingat’s other task was to submit a memorandum to the Home Minister to reintroduce Clause 88A to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act to deal with the unilateral conversion of minors.

Riduan, who was known as K. Padmanathan before he converted to Islam, took Prasana from Indira Gandhi when she was just 11 months old.

The other two children, Tevi Darshiny, then 13, and Karan Dinesh, then 12, remained with their mother.

Police have yet to locate Ridhuan, despite an arrest warrant issued by the High Court in 2014.

In 2018, the Federal Court unanimously declared that the unilateral conversion of the children null and void.

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