Cops: Detainee died while trying to escape

SHAH ALAM: A 36-year-old detainee died at the South Klang police headquarters after he tried to escape before falling from the second to the first floor.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said the incident occurred at about 1.50pm on Thursday when the investigating officer was bringing Umar Faruq Abdullah, 36, to the lockup after recording his statement.

“The detainee pushed the officer aside before jumping through a nearby open window.

“He fell from the second floor to the first floor, and suffered severe injuries to his head and face.

“We are awaiting the post-mortem results to ascertain the cause of death, ” Comm Arjunaidi told a press conference at the state police headquarters yesterday.

Umar Faruq was detained on June 2 for allegedly stealing gas cylinders, he added.

“He had a criminal record of eight cases, and was detained and remanded until June 6 to assist in investigation, ” he said.

The Selangor Criminal Investigation Department has investigated the crime scene, he said.

“Our primary focus is to ascertain whether there was a breach in police standard operating procedure, negligence and duty of care on the part of the investigating officer, a sergeant.

“The investigating officer has been transferred with immediate effect as the probe is ongoing, ” he said.

“We will take further action depending on the investigation, ” Comm Arjunaidi added.

The incident is being probed under Section 223 of the Penal Code and Sudden Death Report.

Asked about several custodial deaths recently in Selangor, Comm Arjunaidi said the police had taken the necessary actions to prevent such incidents from recurring.

On criticism by certain NGOs on police action against journalists who covered custodial death cases, including recording their statements, he said the police were only following the law and not targeting media practitioners.

“If there is a party who lodges a report against the reporters, we’ll have to investigate. It will be the same if the reporters themselves lodge a report.

“When we investigate, we have to record the statements of those involved, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Comm Arjunaidi said the police had recorded statements from seven people in connection with the post allegedly insulting the Sultan of Johor from the Instagram account of Datin Noor Kartini Noor Mohamed, the mother of popular celebrity Neelofa.

The seven individuals, he added, included Noor Kartini.

“We are now waiting for the results of the technical report, which will be completed soon, before the matter is referred to the deputy public prosecutor, ” Comm Arjunaidi said.

Noor Kartini, 54, has claimed that she only learnt about the issue concerning her Insta Story when the post went viral on social media recently.

She said the incident was caused by the negligence of a staff member with access to her Instagram account.

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