‘TOO EARLY TO

Po­lice still wait­ing for foren­sic re­ports, says IGP

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KUALA LUMPUR

PO­LICE have yet to re­clas­sify the Darul Qu­ran It­ti­faqiyah tah­fiz school fire as ar­son, pend­ing re­port from the Foren­sic De­part­ments and Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Mo­hamad Fuzi Harun said the fire, which re­sulted in the deaths of 23 peo­ple on Thurs­day, had been clas­si­fied as sud­den death.

He said po­lice would con­sider re­clas­si­fy­ing the case if the foren­sic and fire re­ports in­di­cated that an act of mis­chief or ar­son was in­volved.

“As of now, the case is clas­si­fied as sud­den death, but if there are any new leads in­di­cat­ing oth­er­wise, or the foren­sic re­ports show sus­pi­cious el­e­ments, then we’ll do the nec­es­sary,” he said.

Fuzi added that it was too early to draw con­clu­sions as the foren­sic re­ports were not ready and the author­i­ties were record­ing state­ments from wit­nesses and oth­ers at the pre-dawn fire in Jalan Kera­mat Ujung.

“It’s too early. We will wait for the full re­ports from the author­i­ties be­fore de­cid­ing on the next course of ac­tion,” Fuzi said.

He was re­spond­ing to ques­tions on whether the in­ci­dent could have in­volved ar­son or crim­i­nal el­e­ments, fol­low­ing a claim that two gas cylin­ders were found out­side the dor­mi­tory on the third floor.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions showed that the fire started out­side the dor­mi­tory near the stair­ways, trap­ping vic­tims in­side the build­ing.

On Thurs­day, Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment di­rec­tor Khirudin Drah­man said ini­tial checks sug­gest that the fire was not caused by a short cir­cuit.

He said a thor­ough in­spec­tion and in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire.

Fuzi was speak­ing to re­porters after a hand­ing over of duty cer­e­mony for the Spe­cial Branch, Nar­cotics Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment and Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment at the fed­eral po­lice head­quar­ters in Bukit Aman here yes­ter­day.

The event was wit­nessed by Home Min­istry sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim.

For­mer Nar­cotics di­rec­tor, Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shar­iff re­places Fuzi as the Spe­cial Branch di­rec­tor.

For­mer Fed­eral Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment di­rec­tor Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh has been ap­pointed as the new Nar­cotics Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment head.

For­mer Jo­hor po­lice chief Datuk Seri Wan Ah­mad Na­j­mud­din Mohd will take Mohmad’s po­si­tion.

NAFIS PIC BY SAIRIEN

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Datuk Seri Mo­hamad Fuzi Harun talk­ing to some of the vic­tims’ fam­ily mem­bers at the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Foren­sic Medicine in Kuala Lumpur, yes­ter­day.

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