23 October, 2008

Hindraf leader Waythamoorthy's wife, daughter and 10 other Hindraf supporters detained

The wife, six-year-old daughter and 10 supporters of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader P.Waythamoorthy who is in self exile in Britain, were detained by police when they tried to handover a memorandum at the Prime Minister's department in Putrajaya today.

The 12 supporters of the group which was recently outlawed by the government had gone to the PM's office at about 3.30pm to handover a memorandum seeking the release of all Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees.

Kuala Lumpur police chief DCP Datuk Mohammad Sabtu Osman said eight men, three women and a child were detained for representing or acting for an oulawed organisation or group under Section 48 of the Societies Act.

He said police will record a statement from them before deciding to either release of detain them further.

However, he said police will release Waythamoorthy's wife K Shanti and their daughter within the next few hours.

One of those detained S.Jayathas - who was contacted by theSun an hour after the incident, said the memorandum was being read out during the gathering when police detained and took them to Putrajaya police station.

N.Surendran, a lawyer for another Hindraf leader P.Uthayakumar who is currently being held under the ISA said the arrests were uncalled for and an abuse of power by police as the group were simply exercising their rights as Malaysians.

Read also:"Uthaya's niece, 11 others held"-Malaysiakini



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