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Neighbours shocked by cadet’s death

File photo of Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia students carrying the casket containing the remains of cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain during his funeral in Johor Baru June 2, 2017. — Bernama picBANGI, June 4 — Residents of De’Centrum Apartments in Bandar Baru Bangi were shocked to learn that tortured Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain had died in one of the units.

Block B of the apartments, which leads to a mall, has many local and foreign students and a handful of families. It faces Infrastructure University KL (IUKL,) and is a kilometre away from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten).

Many had seen police vehicles in front of the block on Thursday night but did not think it was unusual.

IUKL student Harry Harerhaaj, 26, who lives four floors below the unit where Zulfarhan was, on the 25th floor, expressed shock.

They said police would regularly patrol the area and register their visits in a logbook.

“I did not think it was unusual because police are often seen in the area. Sometimes they are in plainclothes, other times in uniform,” he said.

Two foreign IUKL students, who only wanted to be identified as Alesayi, 23, and Hamza, 17, said they were loading furniture into their cars when policemen arrived at about 10pm on Thursday.

Hamza said an ambulance was also in front of the apartment block.

“They arrived in three police cars. We did not pay too much attention because it’s normal for them to be here,” said Alesayi.

Another IUKL student, who requested anonymity, was shocked to hear about the torture that took place.

He said his friends were not in the know and it was the first time they heard of the incident.

“It is a terrible thing to die from such torture but these things do happen and some people are senseless,” he said.

A barista at a cafe behind the block, Palash Barmon, 20, had also seen police vehicles arriving on Thursday night.

He said he saw policemen talking to the head of security.

A security guard, who wanted to remain anonymous, said police conducted investigations but did not reveal any details.

He said the security team were usually kept in the dark in such cases as it was not their duty to investigate.

“We give residents their space. If there are incidents that involve police investigation, we will cooperate if they require our help. We have no information.”

He said there were many students in the area and could not identify Zulfarhan when shown a picture.

“Visitors sometimes enter the block with residents who already have access cards. So, he might have entered with a resident.

“We help with household issues but do not meddle in their business,” he said.