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KLANG: Corporal Mustaghni Tabri, who died yesterday from injuries sustained during an operation against Mat Rempit, was believed to have been hit by “friendly fire”.
It was revealed yesterday that Mustaghni could have been accidentally struck on the head by an object thrown by policemen at illegal racers who were trying to evade a dragnet in Kampung Raja Uda here on Sunday.
Selangor police chief Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said five policemen were detained to facilitate investigations. They were a sergeant- major, a sergeant and three corporals, between the ages of 45 and 51.
“They are being investigated for murder.
“Investigations revealed that Mustaghni was not hit on the head with a helmet as reported previously. Instead, he was struck by an object which was hurled by a policeman on duty that day.”
Without revealing what the object was, Tun Hisan said investigators had seized several items from the crime scene and were awaiting a report from the forensics department.
He said police also detained six suspected Mat Rempit, including five students between the ages of 16 and 22, to facilitate investigations.
They were questioned and released on bail.
Meanwhile, a sombre mood enveloped the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah mortuary, here, yesterday as dozens of traffic policemen mourned the death of their comrade.
Many were crying as Mustaghni's body was wheeled into the mortuary. The corporal died at 11.45am from complications after suffering internal bleeding in the head.
Mustaghni, 48, from Teluk Intan, Perak, leaves wife, Norizan Shahidin, 53, and two children, Mohd Hafiz, 21, and Khairunnisa, 20.
Norizan expressed hope that the incident would spur illegal racers to repent.