Indian man`s wife says Malaysian cops demanded money

Wife of an Indian businessman A Muthuraja, who is believed to have murdered in Malaysia, today said that two men claiming to be police officers had demanded 1.5 crores to release her husband.

Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 22:02 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: Wife of an Indian
businessman A Muthuraja, who is believed to have murdered in
Malaysia, today said that two men claiming to be police
officers had demanded 1.5 crores to release her husband.

S Usharani, who flew in from Chennai to help the
police in the investigations, said she had recorded the calls
on her mobile phone.
The first call was made by a man called Muru on
February 2 followed by another call by a man identifying
himself as Asst Superintendent Suresh, on Feb 12, she claimed.

"They told me that my husband had been detained for
trafficking ketamine, and asked me for 1.5 crore rupees to
help them release him. I asked to hear my husband`s voice but
they refused," she told a press conference here organised by a
MP Manikasavagam and her lawyers.

Usharani said she will lodge a police report and hand
over the evidence to the Inspector-General of Police tomorrow.
"I had doubts, so I recorded the conversations," she
said when asked why she recorded the phone calls.

Usharani said she had called the man and sought
information about her husband`s whereabouts, but the man said
he was leaving for Thailand and would only be able to get back
to her after returning to Malaysia.

Muthuraja, 34, arrived in Malaysia on January 18.

The disappearance of Muthuraja has been linked to suspects in
the murder of local cosmetics millionaire Sosilawati Lawiya
and three other people in Ladang Gadong near Banting, in
Selangor state.

Police yesterday reclassified his case as murder,
giving a new twist to the incident.

Usharani also played the recording of a conversation
between her and a lawyer, who together with his brother are
the main suspects in the murder of cosmetics millionaire
Sosilawati Lawiya.

In January, she had also contacted the Indian High
Commission in Kuala Lumpur to trace her husband whereabouts
but they did not get back to her. Usharani then travelled to
Malaysia, where she lodged a missing persons report with the
police.

Manikasavagam said Usharani`s mobile phone would be
handed over directly to IGP Ismail Omar.

-PTI