Health Minister S Subramaniam slammed Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar on his stance against a doctor who was injured when police wrongfully arrested him during a raid.
The incident took place at a food outlet within Serdang Hospital compound around 9.30 pm on Oct 7.
The Health Minister questioned claims by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar that police had warned the people at the food outlet not to run prior to the raid but the doctor had made a dash when approached by undercover elite cops.
Dr Thanendran Renganathan was taking a break from his duties in the cardiology department of the hospital when the incident took place, Subramaniam added.
It is believed that out of fear, Dr Thanendran ran away when approached by a group of masked men.
It is claimed by the doctor he ran out of fear and the group did not identify or alert as cops, Subramaniam highlighted this when visited Serdang Hospital
Thanendran was reported to have been kicked to the ground and handcuffed by members of the elite police unit and suffered light injuries.
Subramaniam said the doctor had been treated in an unnecessarily rough manner and more effort should have been made to verify his identity immediately since the victim was in his doctor’s scrubs, and had a hospital ID plus stethoscope in hand.
“Instead, the police team took the doctor to Serdang police station for further interrogation.
“The raid was conducted in the grounds of the hospital and the officers could have easily brought him in to the office to verify his identity,” said Subramaniam.
The Doctor was released a few hours later received by his father who is also a senior police officer from Bukit Aman Federal Police Headquarters.
Dr Thanendran made a police report on this incident.
In his police report, Dr Thanendran stated that “A senior doctor came to my aid and pleaded with the police to release me and told them who I am but his pleas went in to their deaf ears.”
The IGP yesterday claimed that when the police arrived, they identified themselves and everyone was told not to run and they (police) were there to arrest robbery suspects.
“The suspects were there during the raid and Dr Thanendran ran away when the special unit barged in to apprehend the suspects,” Khalid said in a press conference at the police training centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“I regret what happened, but we will not apologise. We were just carrying out our duty,” Khalid said, adding that the public needed to cooperate in such situations and the doctor in question should have stayed put when warned.