IPOH, 20 Jan 2009: Police have detained eight men in connection with the murder of MIC Ipoh Barat treasurer N Sitamparam, 64, who died of slash wounds during a robbery at his house in Jalan Wayang Buntong on 12 Jan.
Perak Police Chief Datuk Zulkefli Abdullah said acting on information from the public, police detained the eight men at different locations in Selangor on 16 Jan – four in Bukit Beruntong and one each from Kepong, Batu Caves, Klang and Banting.
Police also seized six parang, a DVD player and RM1,200 cash, believed to have been taken during the incident, he told reporters here today.
Zulkefli added that the burnt remains of a Proton Waja car that belonged to the victim and used as the getaway car after the robbery was also found in Jalan Besar, Banting, Selangor.
Police believe the car was set on fire to destroy evidence.
He added that the eight men, aged between 20 and 30 would be remanded until 22 Jan to facilitate investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
Zulkefli said police were still looking for N Sarawanan, 34, from No 70, Psrn Muhibbah Jaya 3, Taman Muhibbah Jaya, Sungai Siput and P Vijayan, 24, from No 27 Lorong Bendahara 38C, Taman Seri Indah, Klang, Selangor to assist in the investigation.
He urged anybody with information to contact ASP Azizul Helmi Hamzah at 05-2451500.
During the incident on 12 Jan, Sitamparam and his 60-year-old wife were attacked by a number of men armed with parang at about 2am. Sitamparam was killed in the incident.
The assailants escaped in a Proton Waja that belonged to the victim with an undisclosed amount of cash, jewellery and a hand phone.
Zulkefli said police believed the motive was robbery. — Bernama