Police Brutality (B. Prabakar)

On 23 December 2008, B. Prabakar was beaten with a rubber
hose by 10 police personnel at the Brickfields Police District HQ. In addition, his body was splashed with boiling water and was asked to stand on a chair with a cloth around his neck with a threat to hang him.

Prabhakar and C Solomon, 17, both car park attendants, were picked up by police in Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur and held at the Brickfields police station for five days to assist investigations into extortion cases.

Prabhakar was released on Dec 28 and on Dec 31, he made public his alleged abuse while in police custody. His body had horrific scalding wounds which triggered a public uproar over the alleged police abuse.

Solomon, however, has been missing since.

Prabhakar has identified 11 police personnel involved in the alleged assault, of which seven have been charged under Section 304 and 506 of the Penal code for voluntarily causing hurt to extort a confession and criminal intimidation respectively.

The seven’s case was set for mention at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on 17 February 2009.

Prabhakar’s lawyer N Surendran when contacted said that he would press for the other four police personnel to be charged as well.

Surendran said that the four include two police officers who took Prabhakar to a private clinic for treatment instead of a public hospital.

“This is an improper and irregular procedure. They should have taken him to a general hospital,” he said.

Surendran added that Prabhakar was still traumatised by his alleged abuse by the police and has consulted a psychiatrist over sleeping problems and fear of leaving his house.

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