Probe into ‘ mis­taken iden­tity’

> Attack on doc­tor be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der ‘vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY TI­MOTHY ACHARIAM

PETALING JAYA: The po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­leged as­sault of a doc­tor by an elite fed­eral po­lice team af­ter he was mis­taken for a rob­ber.

Sepang po­lice chief ACP Ab­dul Aziz Ali told theSun a probe is un­der way but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

“We can­not di­vulge fur­ther de­tails on the case, but are treat­ing it like any other case. The nec­es­sary in­ves­ti­ga­tions are be­ing car­ried out,” he said.

He said the case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der vol­un­tar­ily caus­ing hurt, which falls un­der Sec­tion 323 of the Pe­nal Code.

When asked if the doc­tor had been called in to record a state­ment to help in in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Aziz de­clined to com­ment.

How­ever, a source in­formed theSun that to date, the doc­tor has not been called in.

The in­ci­dent took place last Fri­day at the Ser­dang Hospi­tal when the 28-year-old doc­tor, who was hav­ing his din­ner at a row of food stalls next to the hospi­tal, was hand­cuffed and as­saulted by mem­bers of the fed­eral po­lice Spe­cial Task Force on Or­gan­ised Crime af­ter be­ing mis­taken for a rob­ber.

The doc­tor, who is at­tached to the car­di­ol­ogy depart­ment and whose fa­ther is a po­lice­man at a dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters in Kuala Lumpur, had claimed that he was un­aware the men who were car­ry­ing heavy firearms and clad in black tac­ti­cal gear and bal­a­clavas were po­lice­men on a spe­cial op­er­a­tion to nab a gang of rob­bers who were also at the food stalls.

He claimed many oth­ers at the stalls scur­ried away and he too tried to run away as he thought the men were rob­bers.

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