Families of 5 alleged gangsters killed in police shoot-out demand inquiry
Family members of five suspected gang members killed by Malaysian police are alleging excessive force, asking why the men were shot dead in a pre-dawn raid instead of being arrested and charged in court.
The families dispute police claims that the men were gang members responsible for 10 gun murders in the country. They have lodged police reports against the police officers in the Monday raid and demand a court inquiry.
"My son has no criminal record, so how can he be affiliated to the gang?" Mr V.R. Murugasen, 52, the father of one of the men, was quoted as saying by The Star on Monday evening. "The five of them grew up together and had just moved into the apartment three days ago."
On Monday, police said the men, all ethnic Indians, were members of the notorious Gang 04, one of the larger crime groups in the country. They said they were hired killers involved in the recent spate of shootings which have shocked the nation.