‘Bullied’ navy cadet dies, police investigate case as murder

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 — A Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) student died at the Serdang Hospital near here yesterday.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said there were bruises and scalding marks on his body.

He said Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, 21, died at the hospital 10pm.

“The victim was sent to the hospital for treatment by his friends. He had scalding injuries and bruises,” he said in a statement here today.

He said that 36 UPNM and Universiti Tenaga Nasional students, aged between 20 and 21 years, have been detained in connection with the case.

“They have all been remanded for seven days beginning today to help in the investigations,” he said.

Fadzil said the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has ordered the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) and UPNM to conduct an immediate investigation into the case.

“I am sad to hear about the death of Navy Cadet Officer @upnm, Zulfarhan Osman bin Zulkarnain. Al Fatihah,” he said.

“I have ordered the ATM and UPNM to conduct an investigation immediately. No-one will escape the law if they are found guilty,” he said in his posting on his official Twitter account today.

Meanwhile, the ATM and UPNM have formed a committee to investigate the case.

UPNM vice-chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Fadzil Che Din said the university held a meeting with ATM’s top management to discuss Zulfarhan Osman’s death. — Bernama

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