Sunday, July 28, 2013

Home minister denies cops behind murder attempt on crime buster

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi rubbished today talk of the police being responsible for the shooting of crime watchdog activist, R. Sri Sandeevan, who is now battling for his life in a Negri Sembilan hospital.

The home minister, who oversees the police force, was prompted to defend the men in blue after a their former boss, retired Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan had suggested dirty officers were behind yesterday's shooting incident in a bid to silence Sanjeevan.

"I know Sanjeevan personally and I will make sure that there are no police involved in the incident," Ahmad Zahid (picture) was quoted by The Malaysian Insider news portal as telling reporters after breaking fast at the Sungai Buloh prison.

The minister vowed he would step up investigations on the shooting and haul in the culprits that had put a bullet into Sanjeevan.

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The head of the MyWatch crime watchdog was shot by a man riding pillion on a motorcycle that pulled up beside his silver BMW when he wound down his window to smoke a cigarette while at a junction near Taman Awana Indah in Jempol, Negri Sembilan at about 4.30pm yesterday.

Sanjeevan managed to drive off despite being badly injured, leaving his assailants behind, but stopped some 300 metres from the scene where his friend who was in the car with him, Ramesh Balakrishnan, 35, took over the wheel to take the victim to Jempol Hospital.

Sanjeevan was later reported to have been rushed to the Kuala Pilah Hospital for surgery and is now being cared for in a Seremban hospital's intensive ward unit.

He is said to be in a stable condition but is not yet out of the woods.

Sanjeevan made a similar allegation yesterday morning on his Twitter account, among the last messages he posted before getting shot.

“A @PDRMsia cop told some syndicate fellow that he’ll get them firearm & told them to fire few shots at my house to scare me/family!” he tweeted in @SanjeevanSS.

Musa, who is a a patron of the MyWatch group, had linked the shooting incident to Sanjeevan's bid to shine a spotlight on police misconduct.

“I hope the police will do a through (sic) investigation to trace suspects as he had received several threats,” the ex-policeman said via his Twitter account @TSMusaHassan.

He also added, “(As a result of) his revelation on police involvement with activities of syndicated crimes and illegal activities.”

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