IGP: We know where Riduan is


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  • Saturday, 01 Feb 2020

SEPANG: The police say they know where the ex-husband of M. Indira Gandhi is but want him to come forward and settle the issue so that their daughter can get a proper education.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador (pic) said he knew where Muhammad Riduan Abdullah (formerly K. Pathmanathan) was and urged him to come forward and talk.

“Enough of hiding, come forward, let’s settle this so that you can stay in the country and your child can have a proper education.

“I understand the feelings of the mother who has been separated from her child for so long. That is why I have been making progress on this case quietly, ” he told reporters after attending the Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s Aviation Security (AvSec) Squad 26/2019 basic training completion assembly at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday.

The police chief said he could not say if they would see results in a month or two but “god willing, I’ve been seeing some results”.

“I urge everyone to be patient, but she has a right to file a suit against me or the government,

I will not comment on that, ” he added.

Indira’s lawyers asked if Abdul Hamid knew the location of Prasana Diksa and Riduan, who have been missing for 11 years.

Legal firm Raj and Sach want Abdul Hamid to explain his statement that a “win-win” situation is needed to protect Prasana’s welfare.

“There is absolutely no necessity for a ‘win-win scenario’ when there is an order from the Federal Court for the IGP and the police to arrest Pathmanathan Krishnan and return Prasana Diksa to Indira Gandhi.

“The IGP has failed to give effect to the order of the Federal Court, ” the lawyers said in a statement on Thursday.

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

He had taken Prasana from Indira when the girl was just 11 months old back in 2009.

Prasana and her two older siblings were taken by their father shortly after he converted to Islam.

In 2010, the Ipoh High court gave Indira custody of her three children and subsequently annulled their conversion to Islam in 2013.

The two older children are with their mother.

Separately, on the Transport Ministry’s suggestion to increase penalties for those driving under the influence (DUI), Abdul Hamid said the police welcomed the move.

“If you look at the United States and other Western countries, DUI is an issue that is seriously dealt with.

“So why shouldn’t we follow suit? If we do not handle such illegal behaviour, many more will fall victim to drunk drivers, ” he said, adding that he would leave it to the lawmakers to debate on the issue after they get feedback from road safety experts.

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