KUALA LUMPUR: The parents of a student, who was allegedly shot dead by the police three years ago, is suing the police and Government for damages over his death.

Arin Abdullah, 59, and Sapiah Md Ellah, 54, are seeking general damages, special damages of RM1,850 and other damages deemed fit by the count over the death of their son Mohd Afham Arin on Oct 20, 2009.

They filed the suit through their counsel Mohd Haijan Omar at the High Court civil registry here Thursday.

Mohd Afham, then 19, was studying automotive engineering at a community college in Ledang and doing his practical training in Johor Baru. He was shot dead during a chase with police officers about 11.30pm in Taman Johor Jaya.

His friend, Mohd Firdaus Marsani, who was riding pillion, survived the incident.

Mohd Afham had three gunshot wounds.

Four rank-and-file personnel from the Taman Johor Jaya police station have been named in the suit as the first four defendants.

Asst Supt Sahul Hameed Abdul Rahman from the Sri Alam district police headquarters was named as the fifth defendant.

The sixth defendant was Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar while the Government was named the seventh defendant.

Sapiah said they were filing the suit a proper explanation over the death of their son has not be given to them, despite many attempts at getting one.

“I want closure for this case and want my son’s name and reputation to be restored,” she said, adding that she was told that her son was a snatch thief.

By Nelson Benjamin, The Star, Thursday, October 18, 2012