P. S. Suryanarayana

SINGAPORE: Malaysian police on Sunday released on bail 10 ethnic Indians who were detained on Thursday for “illegally” assembling outside the Prime Minister’s office in defiance of the ban on the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). This was seen as a gesture to the ethnic Indian minority on the eve of Deepavali, a festival officially recognised in Muslim-majority and multicultural Malaysia.

Another person, wife of self-exiled Hindraf leader P. Waytha Moorthy, was similarly set free on Friday after her ‘statement’ was recorded. Their six-year-old daughter, P. Vwaishnnavi, who was among those staging what the authorities described as an “illegal assembly,” was not listed as a detenu, though she stayed with her mother.

All the 11 adults were now asked to report to the police on November 25 for interrogation in the context of the ban on Hindraf. Mrs. Waytha Moorthy would be additionally questioned for “child abuse” in fielding her daughter for political purposes, authorities indicated.

According to a Hindraf leader, the 11 activists, accompanied by the girl had gone to the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office at Putrajaya to invite him to their “Deepavali Open House.” Vwaishnnavi carried with her an invitation, addressed to the Prime Minister.