IGP: Police will relaunch probe on Adib’s death

IGP: Police will relaunch probe on Adib’s death

KUALA LUMPUR: The police will reinvestigate the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim following the inquest into his death concluding that he died due to assault by unknown persons.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said that he would first discuss the matter with his team before proceeding with the next course of action.

He added that the police did not follow up by charging anyone for the case due to insufficient evidence.

“But if the courts have decided there was a criminal element, then we will review this,” he said.

Earlier today, the Coroner’ Court in Shah Alam ruled that there was criminal element in Adib’s death, saying two or three people have assaulted him.

The court also said that the police and FRU had failed to execute their duties properly, causing the riot at the Seafield Temple to escalate, eventually contributed to Adib’s untimely demise.

Touching on the inquest’s ruling that the police had failed to stem the riots, Hamid said the police followed existing guidelines and the measure was adequate.  

However, he promised that the police will examine whether all standard operating procedures were followed.

Adib, 24, died at the National Heart Institute on December 17, 2018, after succumbing to injuries sustained while he had been on duty.

The Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Station’s Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) unit member was seriously injured three weeks earlier during a November 27 riot at Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple in USJ25, Subang Jaya.

By G Vinod