Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Former Trade Unions President Hanged - The Malay Mail - May 4, 1949

Being a prominent newspaper in Malaya, The Malay Mail reported the execution of Ganapathy on the 4th May 1949 - the same day Ganapathy was hanged.
From the news, there are few things we can ascertain of:
1. Ganapathy disappeared from public when Emergency was announced in June 1948
2. Ganapathy was caught when he was in hiding in rubber estate on March 1st.
3. Ganapathy was caught by the acting manager of Waterfall Estate, J.W.W Simons with a group of special constables.
4. Ganapathy refused to surrender and put up a struggle, trying to draw his revolver from his belt.
5. Ganapathy was caught with a revolver and six rounds of ammunition 
6. Ganapathy was handed to the Rawang OCPD
7. Two of the special constables and the OCPD of Rawang gave evidence in Ganapathy's case.
9. Ganapathy's sentence was confirmed by the Selangor State Executive on April 23, 1949 once his appeal was dismissed in Supreme Court. 

Former Trade Unions President Hanged

Caught with Unlicensed Arms
May 4, 1949

A. Ganapathy, a Tamil who was formerly president of the proscribed Pan Malayan Federation of Trade Unions, was hanged at Pudu Goal, Kuala Lumpur, this morning. The sentence of death passed on him was confirmed by the Selangor State Executive on the April 23 after his appeal to the Supreme Court had been dismissed.

Ganapathy, aged 24, disappeared from Kuala Lumpur when the emergency was first declared in June, last year.

On March 1 this year, while patrolling his estate with a party of special constables the acting manager of Waterfall Estate, Mr. J.W.W. Simons came across Ganapathy sitting in the rubber. (Waterfall Estate is on the 20th mile Rawang - Kuala Selangor Road)

Mr. Simons instructed his special constables to bring Ganapathy with their party. When told to put up his hands Ganapathy refused, showed fight and grabbed the revolver which he had in his belt.

In the struggle that followed Ganapathy was overpowered. The revolver was seized and in it were six rounds of ammunition. The revolver was serviceable.

Ganapathy had no license for it or for the ammunition.

Following his arrest Ganapathy was tried and convicted on March 15. Two special constables, who took part in the struggle, gave evidence of finding the loaded revolver on Ganapathy’s person. The O.C.P.D Rawang, to whom Ganapathy, the revolver and ammunition were handed over, gave evidence that the revolver was serviceable and that Ganapathy had no license for it or for the ammunition.

The charge on which Ganapathy was tried was being in unlawful possession of a revolver and carrying six rounds of ammunition. 
The Malay Mail - May 4, 1949


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