The PKR man charged with abetment in the abduction of a property developer who was later found dead has been described as a “nice gentleman” and a staunch supporter of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Datuk K. Ramachandran, 50, who represented PKR in Batang Kali in the 2013 general election, is among six men who were charged at the Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court today over the abduction of Datuk Seri R. Arumugam, 55.
“I’m shocked really. I did some work for him for the 2013 general election and he was very humble and quite a nice gentleman during our dealings,” said a vendor who wished to remain anonymous.
“We did more work for him as he was also involved in campaigning for Anwar in Port Dickson two years ago. He is a staunch Anwar supporter.”
The other five – Azhari Shahrom Shaihmi, 56; Mohd Durai Abdullah, 52; Sheikh Ismail Sheikh Hassan, 26; N. Vickneswarar, 28, and a Bangladeshi, Kasi Nasrul, 42 – were charged with abducting Arumugam on June 10 with intent to hold him for ransom for SG$50 million. Arumugam’s body was found on June 27 at Batu 27, Jalan Rawang Bestari Jaya.
Ramachandran was charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961. No plea was recorded from all the accused who face the death penalty, or life imprisonment and whipping.
The court fixed Aug 27 for mention.
Ramachandran, a Hulu Selangor PKR branch member, lost to Barisan Nasional’s Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan in the 2013 general election. Mat Nadzari garnered 21,189 votes while Ramachandran obtained 15,791 votes.
“He is generally quite low-profile but is a familiar face in Bukit Beruntung and is active in social work in the area.”
In 2014, Ramachandran joined Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, in the race for PKR’s deputy president post but he eventually pulled out.
He identifies himself on his Facebook page as the director of Sri Veeran Engineering Works Sdn Bhd. Based in Rawang, the company is a refractory and mechanical service provider to cement, oil and gas, palm oil, steel and power plant industries.
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