PETALING JAYA: Police have denied an allegation that three police officers who were at the scene where a 23--year--old man was found dead, believed to have fallen from the 13th floor, had any involvement with the death.
Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed said the incident took place yesterday morning at Pelangi Apartments in Mutiara Damansara, where the body was found on the ground floor.
"Three plainclothes police officers are being blamed for the man's death by his 54--year--old mother because a few months ago the same three officers had taken him into custody to assist investigations into a case and he was released the same day,"
Arjunaidi said at a press conference at Damansara police station here yesterday. When the mother found her son dead and recognised the same officers at the scene, she thought the three officers could be involved.
"The three officers were there for a different case altogether and never went to see the victim. It may have been a misunderstanding on the mother's side after she spotted the three there and thought they were there to find her son."
Arjunaidi, however, refused to disclose what case the deceased was being investigated for and declined to comment on his background other than he was a divorcee and had no permanent employment.
He nonetheless assured police would be fair in their investigations and would record the statements of the three officers.
He said, "at the moment we are investigating the case as sudden death, and will find out if there was any foul play."
The mother had lodged a police report on the incident but Arjunaidi clarified in the report, she never mentioned the police officers being involved in the death.
The victim's body has been sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for post--mortem, scheduled today.