21 May Another Malaysian is killed in police custody at the same station where A.Ganapathy was held, this time it’s Sivabalan!
While the hashtag #JusticeForAGanapathy continues to trend on social media, another Malaysian man died in police custody yesterday (20 May) morning, reportedly from breathing difficulties, less than an hour after his detention.The victim, 43-year-old Sivabalan Subramaniam, was brought to the Gombak District Police Headquarters for documentation purposes to assist in the investigation of a criminal intimidation case, as reported by BERNAMA.
The Gombak District Police Headquarters is the same location where A. Ganapathy was detained as well. Gombak police chief Arifai Tarawe said the suspect who was reportedly still wanted was arrested at 11.20am in front of a guard post at a factory premise in Taman Selayang Baru, Gombak.
Sivabalan began having breathing problems after arriving at the Gombak IPD, and the police contacted Hospital Selayang for emergency assistance. However, by the time the ambulance arrived to provide medical care, Sivabalan had died. Initial investigations found that Sivabalan, a security guard, had a history of heart disease, and the case was listed as sudden demise.
Sivabalan’s sister said in a video posted by Generasi Baru MIC that she received a call from the police station stating that her brother was in a critical condition and had been admitted to Hospital Selayang and that they wanted a family member to check on him. When Sivabalan’s mother arrived at the hospital and gave the hospital Sivabalan’s IC number, she was told that the hospital had no record of him.
At about 4pm, a police officer informed the mother that her son had already died due to breathing difficulties. When both his sister and mother went to IPD Selayang, it was there that they were informed that Sivabalan had already passed away at 12.30pm.
Shankar Ganesh and Datuk Ganesalingam, who have been dealing with A.Ganapathy’s case, met Sivabalan’s family as well. Datuk Ganesalingam told World of Buzz that Sivabalan’s case will be handled by an NGO.
Klang MP, Charles Santiago also released a statement on Facebook demanding a public inquiry with the National Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM) and the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) taking the lead. He also said that all police officers who handled Sivabalan’s arrest must be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. – Adapted from World of Buzz