KUANTAN: Police have classified the death of Paya Besar MIC division chief G. Ramesh, whose body was found along the Sungai Ular bypass stretch near the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park, here, last night, as a hit-and-run case.
The body of the 50-year-old was found lying on the ground along the stretch some 20m from his parked Toyota Hilux four-wheel-drive vehicle.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Noor Yusof Ali said a post-mortem examination conducted at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital revealed that the victim had head injuries.
“Based on investigations, the victim died in a hit-and-run accident along the dark road.
“We are still investigating how the accident occurred and how the victim was hit (by a vehicle).
“Police concluded that the victim died due to an accident based on the physical injuries on the victim.
“There was no damage to the victim’s vehicle and his wallet was found inside his vehicle,” he said.
Police were alerted to the discovery of the body of a man with injuries to the face lying along the road near the industrial park about 10.50pm yesterday.
Noor Yusof said, based on investigations at the scene, police believe that the victim was outside his vehicle when he was hit.
“The victim works at a mining company and was returning to Kuantan after work.
“The family informed us that due to his job, the victim would usually arrive home late from work,” he said.
Noor Yusof urged those with information on the crash to assist police investigations.
“The accident stretch is dark and there is no closed-circuit camera nearby.
“So, we hope witnesses will come forward to help us complete investigations,” he said.
Noor Yusof said the case was being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.
State MIC chairman V. Arumugam described Ramesh as the party’s “live-wire” in the east coast as he was popular among party leaders and grassroots members.
He said Ramesh had served as the state MIC Youth chief before he was elected as the Paya Besar MIC division chief last year.
“Ramesh contributed a lot and his death is a huge loss to the party... MIC will bear the funeral expenses and do the necessary to provide assistance,” he said, adding that he and Ramesh last met during the Pahang MIC meeting in Temerloh on June 6.
On the mystery surrounding his death, Arumugam said it was best to allow the police to announce their findings as there was a lot of speculation about the incident.