| Siti Hajar |
THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) has launched an investigation into an alleged murder that occurred Saturday at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
In a press statement, the RBPF stated that a manhunt is currently under way for a suspect following a chain of events that involved a vicious attack with the use of a hard object on two foreign nationals working at the UBD campus that has resulted in the death of one, leaving the other in a critical condition. The suspect, believed to be a co-worker, is currently on the run.
One of the workers succumbed to his injury and was pronounced dead at 7.30pm Saturday at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.
An emergency call was received to the 993 hotline at 1.15pm Saturday from a witness who reported a fight between the workers.
Authorities have cautioned the public to remain vigilant should they come across the suspect, 45-year-old Indian national Sekar Appavu, who is believed to be of unsound mind.
The suspect is of medium build and stands at five feet and two inches tall. He holds a passport bearing No. 5854354. Any sighting of, or further information on, the suspect is to be reported to the Criminal Investigation Department at 2232001 extension 507 or the Berakas Police Station at 2330410 or hotline 993.
The suspect will be charged under Chapter 22 of the Penal Code, Section 299 for culpable homicide and under Section 326 for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means that carries penalties of prison term and whipping upon conviction.
Part of the university’s grounds was dotted with the presence of personnel both in uniform and plain clothes with the support of a team of interchanging sniffer dogs and members of the Gurkha Reserve Unit who were seen scouring the forest and thicket on campus and surrounding radius stretching towards the Jerudong-Tutong Highway where the incident is believed to have taken place.
It was learned that the investigators descended upon the scene, located between the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre residential block and the Women’s Hostel, on Saturday and had worked throughout the rainy night and into the whole day yesterday under more rain in the afternoon and an eventual downpour at night.
The incident has taken place less than a week before the university ushers in its latest intake but it was confirmed that the scheduled Fresher’s Week set to take place on December 27 will go ahead as planned despite the alleged murder.