IGP: We're trying to get Indira Gandhi's ex-husband, daughter back to M'sia

IPOH: The country's top cop says he is not giving up on negotiations with M. Indira Gandhi's former husband to get him and their daughter Prasana Diksa to come back to Malaysia.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador (pic) on Friday (Sept 11) said from the very beginning he had stated that his promise to find Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, Indira's ex-husband, would not be in vain.

"I will carry out the task diligently.

"This is not just 'cakap-cakap kosong' (mere talks). The matter is viewed seriously," he told reporters after attending an event to mark the police air unit base here as a full-fledged flying school.

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

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

Indira, together with her Action Team, were supposed to meet with the IGP last week on the progress in locating her former husband. However, the IGP had to attend another meeting in Putrajaya.

Abdul Hamid said Indira and three others who accompanied her had met with the CID director instead.

He said all the facts and action taken by the police were explained to her.

"A top officer has since last year been communicating via intermediary with the husband, who is overseas with their daughter.

"At one point, the communication with the husband was on a positive note, but somehow some nasty comments appeared in the newspapers and he backed off.

"I will not keep quiet in this case, as I do understand the psychological burden that Indira and the children are bearing," he added.

Abdul Hamid said the police had been working quietly under the radar, as they did not want political interference in the matter.

"If he (Indira's husband) was in the country, it would have been much easier for me to take action, but the problem is he is out of the country.

"An extradition process is complicated, and will take a very long time, and thus we are finding a way through negotiations.

"He is not a hardcore criminal who committed murder or burglary, so what we are trying to do is to get the matter settled amicably," he said, giving assurance to Indira that he will not give up.

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