Four policemen held over detainee's escape

SEREMBAN - Four policemen have been remanded to assist in investigations after a 39-year-old detainee escaped while being taken to the Simpang Renggam detention centre.

The four, all attached to the Nilai district station, were produced at a magistrate's court here and remanded for seven days under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

State CID chief Asst Comm Hamdan Majid said the four - all from the rank and file and aged between 24 and 50 - were being investigated under Section 223 of the Penal Code for being negligent in allowing an individual under their custody to escape.

"We decided to act quickly as we did not want them to interfere with our probe in any way," he told reporters.

ACP Hamdan said there were also discrepancies in their statements.

Two of the four policemen were escorting the suspect, Kishmin-derjit Singh Bahadur Singh (pic), who was detained on July 4 for drug-related activities when he escaped.

Kishminderjit had complained to his escorts of a stomach ache, saying he needed to use the toilet urgently.

The two relented after he claimed he was losing control of his bowels and decided to stop at the Setul rest area on the Kajang-Seremban Expressway en route to Simpang Renggam.

However, when one of the policemen got down to open the side sliding door, a red Proton Satria bearing fake registration plates crashed into the rear of the police vehicle.

Kishminderjit, who was handcuffed, then pushed the other policemen guarding him, ran to the car and made his escape.

Kishminderjit had earlier spent two years under detention - in Batu Gajah in 2002 and two years in Simpang Renggam from 2007.

"He also had records for drug-related offences and robbery," ACP Hamdan said.

ACP Hamdan said police detained three individuals, including two women, in follow-up operations at College Heights on Monday.

All three, who tested positive for drugs, were also remanded to assist in the investigations.

"We have strong reason to believe that one of the women can shed light into the escape of the suspect," he said.