The latest case of custodial death, that of N Dharmendran, is the worst that lawyer and newly-elected lawmaker N Surendran has seen since the death of A Kugan in 2009.

NONESurendran (left) - who has been appointed as lawyer for the family - said both Dharmendran's ears were stapled, and that there had been severe marks of having been hit by the authorities on his thighs and back.

"I have been allowed to view Dharmendran's body with lawyer Latheefa Koya and the family members of the deceased after the pathologist had allowed us to view it at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) mortuary."

"There were physical evidence of beatings and torture to the front of his thighs, and at the back of his body, there were beating marks on his back (severe to the point that) it had swelled up.

"The ears are stapled and there are staples left intact, which could be (clearly) seen on the ears.

"This is the worst case that I have seen since Kugan,” said Surendran, who is the newly-elected Padang Serai MP.

Surendran noted that the pathologist will be conducting a post-mortem at about 2pm, and that the results or initial findings would be obtained later.

Dharmendran, 31, was picked up by police on May 11 after he lodged a police report at the Pudu police station when he had been involved in a fight. He has been in remand since that day at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters.

NONEHis parents and wife had not been told of Dharmendran's (left) arrest and were only informed of the matter on Sunday and managed to see him at the police lock-up on the same day. The victim is also known to have asthma.

The victim was supposed to be released on bail yesterday, and the police had waited in court.

However, his wife received a call from the police, who informed her that her husband had passed away and asked her to identify the body at the HKL.

They went there, but were not allowed to view Dharmendran's body until just now.

Earlier details showed that the post-mortem will be performed by Dr Siew Sheue Feng, a HKL pathologist who had also performed checks on alleged sodomy victim Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Kugan, 23, from Puchong - and who worked part-time as a tow truck operator - died at the Taipan police station after he was arrested over a spate of thefts of alleged luxury cars in the area. The Kugan case is the subject of an ongoing legal suit by the family against the police and the government.
'Suspend police officers involved'
Following this, Surendran has called on the police to suspend those who had interrogated Dharmendran.

He then urged newly-appointed inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar to form an independent investigation team to investigate the death of Dharmendran.
NONE"The investigation should be done by others who are not from the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters to ensure that there is transparency and independence," he stressed.

In addition, Surendran also called on new Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (right) to step in as well to guarentee that action will be taken on those responsible.

"The new home minister, besides the new IGP, should ensure the transparency and independence in the police probe into the matter. The authorities should also review their policies of torturing people like in the Kugan case and in Dharmendran's case, as the physical evidence shows," he said.

Surendran added that he - along with the family members of Dharmendran - will be awaiting for the post-mortem, which is expected to be completed later this evening.- Malaysiakini, 22/5/2013, Worst custodial death case since Kugan, says Surendran