KUALA LUMPUR — The police will be setting up a special task force (STF) to investigate reports in several blogs on alleged police brutality when dispersing student demonstrators outside Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Tanjong Malim yesterday.

Perak police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the police had concrete evidence to dismiss the brutality allegations.

“Police photographers and cameraman were present to record the handling of the incident to show proof that police did not resort to violence including injuring the students.

“As such, I have instructed a STF to be set up to counter these baseless allegations,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

He said action would be taken against blogs that resorted to defaming the police over the incident to prevent lies about the police from being published in future.

Mohd Shukri said investigations also found that the clinic damaged in the incident suffered losses of more than RM1,000.

Police had earlier denied that force was used to disperse the illegal assembly mounted by some 70 students that was organised by student movement Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM) outside UPSI’s entrance on New Year’s eve.

While many Malaysian’s were eagerly awaiting the New Year countdown, the students from several universities around the country assembled outside UPSI’s entrance demanding the abolition of the University and University Colleges Act 1971.

They also wanted to protest against any disciplinary action on UPSI student Adam Adli Abdul Halim who had taken down a flag bearing the image of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak outside the Umno headquarters on Dec 17.