PETALING JAYA, May 29 — An officer with newly-appointed minister Datuk Paul Low and the police have been accused of “harassing” the family members of police custodial death victim N. Dharmendran who was allegedly beaten to death in a lockup earlier this month.

PKR vice president N Surendran claimed today the deceased’s father, G Nagayarasamy, had received calls from an official purportedly working for Putrajaya’s anti-graft minister Datuk Paul Low who asked to meet him “secretly” and told him to stop engaging their current pro-opposition lawyers.

“They received a call from Mr Ravendran from the PMO who told Nagayarasamy that he wanted to meet to talk about the death and not to inform the lawyers and meet secretly,” Surendran told a press conference held in PKR’s headquarters here.

“He was also told not to engage these lawyers and said ‘we have other lawyers for you’. The minister that is his boss is Chinese. This minister is Paul Low,” the newly elected Padang Serai MP said in the presence of Dharmendran’s father and wife M Marry.

After the father had rejected the suggestion, the official continued to call Nagayarasamy yesterday to which he replied: “if you come here I will pour hot water on you”.

Surendran claimed the incident was a clear indicator that the government intends to cover up the brutal murder of Dharmendran.

A post-mortem released on May 22 showed the 31 year-old was beaten to death while he was detained in the city police headquarters earlier this month.

BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID, The Malaysian Insider