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ALOR SETAR – A religious teacher has claimed that he was handcuffed and assaulted by two policemen at the Gurun police station last Tuesday.

He claimed that the assault left him injured in the head and hands.

Mohd Na’im Zakaria, 29, who teaches at Sekolah Kebangsaan Simpang 3, Sungai Daun, said in the 10pm incident, he was riding a high-powered motorcycle when he was stopped by the policemen who were manning a roadblock in front of the police station.

“I was riding back to my home in Kampung Haji Majid, Guar Cempedak after attending a wedding reception in Sungai Petani. One of the policemen, a sergeant asked for my licence.

“He then asked me what was the capacity of my motorcycle and when I answered he was not satisfied and started scolding and cursing me,” he told a press conference here today.

Mohd Na’im said the sergeant and a corporal there then handcuffed him and forcibly brought him into the police station lock-up without informing what offence he had committed.

“As soon as we were inside (the lock-up), they started to kick and punch me in the back and dragged me around as though I was a criminal. They continued to curse and mocked my career as a teacher.

“My head was bleeding and my wrists were swollen because they had cuffed me very tightly. I was also held in the lock up for almost five hours which left me deeply traumatised,” he said.

He added that he lodged a police report when seeking treatment at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital (the hospital has a police beat base) the next day (Feb 10) but till now nothing had happened and neither was there any apology from the two policemen.

Meanwhile, Kuala Muda police chief ACP Md Zukir Md Isa said an investigation was being conducted under Section 323 of the Penal Code (voluntarily causing hurt) and also an internal disciplinary probe on the two policemen. – BERNAMA

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