KLANG: Police are investigating the death of a detainee found hanged in the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) lock-up here on Sunday.
Klang Utara police chief Assistant Commissioner Nurulhuda Mohd Salleh said the investigations would look at all angles to the case.
He said the family of the deceased had lodged a police report at the Bandar Sultan Suleiman police station on Thursday.
“Prior to this, the case had been classified as ‘sudden death’ or SDR. The post-mortem examination report had also stated that there appeared to be no criminal element in the death.
“However, yesterday the wife of the deceased lodged a police report claiming that her husband had told family members who visited him in the lock-up that he had been abused. As such, we will investigate and look at the case holistically to see if there are any criminal elements or negligence involved,” he said.
IAn online news portal had reported that the deceased’s 25-year-old widow, R. Tenaswari, who is four months into a pregnancy, had reported that her husband had told family members who had visited him that he had been beaten up when he was arrested by MMEA.
The 31-year-old man, M. Thinagaran, who was arrested for a drug-related offence, was later found hanging from the bars of his cell, his lock-up clothes wrapped around his neck.