The Star: Police reports lodged over shooting during riot

Wednesday September 12, 2007
KUALA TERENGGANU: Family members of two men who were inadvertently shot during a riot on Saturday night have lodged police reports over the incident. The reports were made at 4.15pm and 6.35pm at district police headquarters here on Monday.

State Deputy CID chief Supt Khairi Ahrasa said the reports were made by the siblings of the men who were recuperating at Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah and Universiti Sains Malaysia hospital in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan.
He said police would start investigations into the two reports while probes into the riot were being conducted.
One of the injured men is being investigated for attempted murder under the Penal Code, he said.
The riot started when police tried to disperse an illegal gathering of more than 500 people at a gathering organised by Bersih, a coalition of 60 non-governmental organisations pushing for electoral reform.
The gathering was supported by opposition parties PAS, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and DAP.
Seven people were injured and 23 arrested, of whom 19 were later released.
PAS said it would hand a memorandum to Bukit Aman alleging police brutality and the use of live bullets during the riot.
PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa said the party lodged a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) on Monday.
“We plan to take this all the way up to the United Nations Human Right Commission,” he said after the launch of the PAS For All campaign at its office in Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur.
He said the party did not believe that the man photographed wearing a helmet and burning the national flag was a PAS member.
He said PAS would be holding another ceramah at 9.30pm on Sept 14 in Rusila, Terengganu.
Asked if they had a police permit for the gathering, he said: “We do not need one because it is within our own vicinity (compound).”