Water cannons used to disperse crowd in Brickfields

Police fired water cannons to disperse a 200-crowd who came to the Brickfields police station to lodge mass police reports against the mistreatment of ISA detainee P. Uthayakumar.

Water cannons were turned on a group who came to the Brickfields police station to lodge mass police reports against the mistreatment of ISA detainee P. Uthayakumar.

The crowd had refused to disperse despite repeated warnings from the police.

Earlier Saturday, about 200 people, including several Members of Parliament, had gathered to make the police reports.

Police allowed about 50 people – five family members of Uthayakumar and five representatives each from the country’s nine states, including the MPs – to enter the station to lodge the reports.

The rest outside were asked to disperse. Most of them did but about 30 refused to leave.

The Federal Reserve Unit, which was already on standby, began shooting water laced with irritants at the crowd. They ran away and then came back. They were again shot at with water cannons.

They ran way again, regrouped and returned to face a third round of dousing before dispersing.

Several people were arrested.

The FRU now has established a safety perimeter around the police station.

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