Best friend: De­ceased was not forced to drink poi­son

New Straits Times - - News -

NILAI: A po­lice re­port lodged by a friend of S. Pravin, 15, who died a week af­ter he was al­legedly forced to drink poi­son by school bul­lies, has shed new light on the mystery be­hind his death.

District po­lice chief Su­peri­ten­dent Zaldino Zaludin said based on the re­port lodged by the wit­ness, who was the de­ceased’s best friend, last night, po­lice be­lieve that no foul play was in­volved in Pravin’s death.

“Based on the wit­ness’s state­ment, we found that unrequited love was the cause of the teen’s death. The wit­ness said he met Pravin prior to the in­ci­dent be­hind a su­per­mar­ket here on April 26 at 2pm, where the lat­ter had ad­mit­ted that he wanted to con­sume poi­son due to unrequited love,” said Zaldino.

“The wit­ness claimed that he saw Pravin with a bot­tle con­tain­ing blue liq­uid be­lieved to be poi­son dur­ing the meet­ing. He had tried to stop the lat­ter from con­sum­ing it. How­ever, his advice was ig­nored.

“The wit­ness claimed that he was ter­ri­fied and left his friend, and saw the lat­ter walk­ing into a nearby plan­ta­tion,” said Zaldino yes­ter­day.

Pravin died at Tuanku Jaa­far Hos­pi­tal at 9.30pm on Tues­day.

On the al­le­ga­tion that a group of stu­dents was in­volved in the in­ci­dent, Zaldino said, based on the state­ment recorded from the wit­ness, the claim was made up as he was afraid of be­ing scolded by the de­ceased’s fam­ily.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. We will call the par­ents of the de­ceased to record their state­ments un­der Sec­tion 111 of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Code,” he said.

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