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NILAI: Rub­ber tap­per Sel­vara­jah Men­nan­chatty is dev­as­tated and, wants to see jus­tice served.

His son S. Pravin died yes­ter­day after suf­fer­ing for a week. The 15-year-old youth was forced to drink poi­son by a group of stu­dents, and the cul­prits have yet to be iden­ti­fied.

Sel­vara­jah said his son was “a good and obe­di­ent boy”, but there were many neg­a­tive el­e­ments sur­round­ing his school.

“I have lost my fish­ing friend. He will be sorely missed by our fam­ily.”

Last Wed­nes­day, Pravin was forced to drink poi­son by a group of stu­dents who were angry after he rep­ri­manded them for sniff­ing glue.

They were said to have held him down by the hands and legs, and forced the lethal liq­uid down his throat.

The victim then went home and told his mother of the in­ci­dent. The fol­low­ing day, he com­plained of throat and stomach pains.

He was sent to a health clinic be­fore be­ing re­ferred to Tuanku Jaa’far Hos­pi­tal for fur­ther treat­ment.

Dis­trict po­lice chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Zaldino Zaludin said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was still on-go­ing. Po­lice were un­able to take the victim’s state­ment as he was un­con­scious at the time.

“No ar­rests have been made so far, but we will con­tinue to investigate un­til we can bring those re­spon­si­ble to book.”

A wake for Pravin was held at his fam­ily home here yes­ter­day.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Chong Sin Woon was among those who paid their last re­spects.

S. Pravin

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