Custodial death: Thanabalan and others had fever, diarrhoea, says Health D-G

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KUALA LUMPUR: The man who died under police custody at the Shah Alam central lock-up had suffered from fever, stomach-ache, diarrhoea and lack of appetite for four days, said Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said that Thanabalan Subramaniam, 38, had suddenly fallen unconscious on Tuesday (April 17) and was immediately brought to the Hospital Shah Alam Emergency Department and was confirmed dead by a medical officer there.

“The cause of death is still not known and we are still waiting for the post-mortem report carried out by the hospital,” he said in a statement Thursday (April 19), adding that Thanabalan had been detained in the lock-up since March 29.

Dr Noor Hisham said that 10 other detainees had also fallen ill and complained of similar symptoms.

Seven of them were given treatment while in the lock-up by the medical team from Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang, while three others were referred to Hospital Shah Alam for treatment and were subsequently allowed to leave.

“The ministry will continue to monitor the situation,” he said.

Kapar MP G. Manivanan had issued a statement earlier Thursday alleging that there were elements of negligence and failure on the part of police to refer Thanabalan to doctors and medical services, resulting in his death.

Thanabalan was arrested by police 20 days ago and detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) for suspected involvement in organised crime.

 

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