Ministry Claims No Leads On Indira Gandhi's Ex-Husband's Whereabouts; NGO Cries Foul

  • 12 Aug 2020

The police have no leads on the whereabouts of Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, the fugitive ex-husband of kindergarten teacher M Indira Gandhi who ran off with their youngest daughter, Prasana Diksa, 11 years ago. 

In a written reply in Parliament today, the Home Ministry said that the suspect is believed to be constantly on the move in a neighbouring country, to avoid detection. 

The Malaysian police, however, are working closely with the said country's counterparts to identify Riduan's location," the ministry said in the reply, reported The Star today. 

Riduan, whose name prior to conversion to Islam was K Padmanathan, unilaterally converted his three children with Indira to Islam, in 2009. He took Prasana, who was just 11-months-old then, while the elder children, Tevi Darshiny, and Karan Dinesh, who were then 13 and 12, respectively, were left with their mother.
Following a lengthy legal battle at both the civil and syariah courts, the Federal Court in 2016 unanimously declared the conversions null and void.

The police said they have made various efforts to trace Riduan's whereabouts, including appealing for information from the public, but to no avail. 

Three days ago, Indira said she will hold a one-day hunger strike in front of Bukit Aman on September 11 if Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador refuses to meet her by August 31, regarding the matter. 

Hidden Hands At Play?

Meanwhile, Indira Gandhi Action Team (Ingat) chairman Arun Dorasamy, rubbished the Home Ministry's claim of not knowing Riduan's whereabouts. 

In a statement, Arun implied the role of "hidden hands" in keeping Riduan at large. 

He claimed that Ingat had reliable information that Riduan had been shuttling between Malaysia and Thailand the last few years despite having an expired passport. 

Thus, Arun questioned the rationale behind not arresting Riduan during his alleged various trips into the country, despite the latter being listed as a wanted person. 

"We managed to confirm with the Thai police that there have been no formal requests from the Home Ministry, or the Malaysian police, in regards to assistance to find Riduan. 

"Ingat must also remind the Home Ministry and the National Registration Department that Prasana does not have the new MyKid, MyKad or new birth certificate as the original documents were left behind with the mother. With no such documents, and no passport issued, how can she travel out of the country?" he asked. 

Arun further questioned whether the Home Ministry was implying the IGP was lying, as he had back in January, said that the police know Riduan's whereabouts. 

Source: The Star
Photo source: Astro Awani, NST

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