Saturday, July 27, 2013

Anti-crime watchdog chief battling for life after being shot by gunman

Mywatch president R. Sanjeevan undergoing treatment at Jempol Hospital.

Gunmen targeting on the chairman of anti-crime watchdog, MyWatch, made an attempt on his life yesterday.
R. Sri Sanjeevan, who was shot at close range at 4.30pm yesterday at Taman Cempaka, Bahau, was at press time was in a critical state.

Jempol police chief Supt Hamzah Alias said Sanjeevan had gone out with his friend, Ramesh Balakrishnan, 35, for a drink after picking up the latter at his house.

“The two were in Sanjeevan’s silver BMW when he (Sanjeevan) stopped at a junction near Taman Awana Indah and wound down the car window for a smoke.

“Two assailants on a red motorcycle rode up next to him. The pillion rider then fired a shot at Sanjeevan’s right rib,” he told the New Sunday Times when contacted last night.

He said the pillion rider then got off the motorcycle and walked towards Sanjeevan but Sanjeevan managed to speed off despite having sustained a gunshot wound.

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“The victim despite being badly injured, managed to drive off, leaving the suspects behind."

“The suspects then left the crime scene and rode away towards the road leading to Rompin.” “ he said.

Hamzah said Sanjeevan drove some 300m from the scene before pulling over for his friend to take over the wheel.

“His friend (Ramesh), then moved him to the passenger’s seat before taking and driving to the Jempol Hospital,” he said.

Sanjeevan is expected to be transferred to Kuala Pilah hospital today.

Hamzah said the police have yet to establish the motive behind the attempted murder.

“So far there have been no leads or suspects. Investigation is ongoing,” he said, adding that a special task force had been set up by the Negri Sembilan police headquarters to probe the case, which is being investigated under section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.

It was reported in January that Sanjeevan claimed he received a death but brushed it off as part of the risk that came with the role he assumed.

Sanjeevan had claimed someone called him from a unknown warning him to watch his back as he had “stepped on too many toes”.

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