Police investigating 3 angles in Vasanthapiriya's case

NIBONG TEBAL: Police have urged all quarters not to be driven by emotion in the case of M. Vasanthapiriya, as it could hamper their ongoing investigations in the case.

At the moment, police are focusing their investigation on three areas following three police reports which were made in direct relation to the teenager's sudden death.

"We need to stay focused and rational when discussing the case. We do not need unnecessary agitation, nor wild media speculation," said Penang criminal investigation department head SAC Datuk Zainol Samah,

Zainol said the three angles of the investigation centred on attempted suicide and two counts of criminal intimidation or harassment and defamation.

He also spoke about the possibility of setting up an inquest to ensure the rights of all parties were protected in this sensitive case.

Zainol said the police were now also seeking to record a statement from the Malaysian Tamilar Kural Association president David Marshel, who was accused by a blogger for trying to cause incitement over the issue.

Vasanthapiriya made an attempt to hang herself in her bedroom after she was accused by a school teacher of stealing the latter's smartphone in class.

She was found dangling from a curtain steel rod by her father R. Muniandy, who rushed her to the hospital. The 13-year-old passed away eight days later as a result of brain injuries.