Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail today classified the death of 22-year-old police detainee Kugan Ananthan as murder.
It is learnt that investigations are underway.Earlier, Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan said that a full investigation will be carried out into Kugan's death.
According to him, a thorough probe will be undertaken although the post-mortem report found that Kugan had died due to fluid in his lungs.
"We will not cover up anything," he told reporters in Kuching.
Kugan was arrested on Jan 15 in connection with several car theft cases. He died on Tuesday at the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya.
His death resulted in a massive public outcry, with various quarters accusing the police of foul play.
Yesterday, the family postponed the burial of the body in order for a second post-mortem to be carried out. Kugan's remains are currently at the University Malaya Medical Centre.
It is learnt that the police have refused permission for a second post-mortem.
'Sack Selangor Police Chief'
The family's lawyer Gobind Singh told Malaysiakini that he will be seeking a court order on Wednesday to compel the authorities to conduct a post-mortem.
"We are in a strange situation where the police says the family has the right to a second post-mortem yet insists that we must obtain a court order.
"The police should immediately grant the family permission to conduct a second post-mortem in order to expedite burial rites," he said.
The family also submitted a memorandum to the IGP at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman this afternoon, urging for action to be taken against the "police personnel responsible" for Kugan's death.
The memorandum also called for Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar's dismissal for allegedly trying to "deceive the public."
Following this, three Pakatan Rakyat MPs and a MIC Youth representative held a short meeting with Federal CID assistant director SAC II Mohd Rodwan Yusof.
According to Gobind, Mohd Rodwan promised the delegation that the police will decide in 24 hours on whether to allow the second post-mortem.
Mass Protest Threat
Meanwhile, Kapar MP S Manikavasagam warned that should the police not respond within 24 hours, he will organise a mass demonstration to protest against the police.
"If they do not respond, we will mobilise people on the scale of the Nov 24 (Hindraf) rally next week. We are ready. We have people all over the country," he said.
MIC Youth secretary G Shivarraaj told reporters that the youth movement will work together with other groups to pursue this matter.
Earlier, some 50 people held a short protest near the entrance of the federal police headquarters.They chanted, 'We will fight till the end' and 'Polis Pembunuh' (police are killers).
The police are also investigating a report filed by hospital authorities against the family for barging into the Serdang Hospital morgue Tuesday night to see Kugan's body.
Responding to this, Musa said Kugan's family should not have gone into the mortuary to view the body as it could be considered tampering with evidence.
"This should not have happened and we will also investigate it as a report has been lodged," he said.
The police said yesterday they will take statements from two deputy ministers who were present when the crowd barged into the mortuary. [See photos, right, and video below]
'Cops Could Be Charge Next Week'
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department T Murugiah also confirmed that the case has been classified as murder and said that those involved could be charged as early as next week.
He said Abdul Gani had informed him about the decision this morning and asked him to convey it to the family.
"Abdul Gani has instructed the police to conduct a thorough probe and if the investigations proceed smoothly, there is a big possibility that those involved could be charged in court next week," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.
Murugiah also appealed to Kuhan's family to extend their full cooperation.
"We have to work together in this matter, we cannot be accusing any quarters," he said.
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