Seven people have written Malawiâ€™s Attorney General (AG) Ralph Kasambara, claiming damages over the Kafukule Police shooting.
The seven are Gibson Chima, Emmie Mhango, Aaron Ngulube, Loice Jere, Joshua Moyo, Kenneth Nyirenda and Raswell Mhango.
Lawyer representing them, Innocentia Ottober, confirmed the matter in an interview on Wednesday.
The shooting followed the arrest of Robert Chima on November 21 2009 after a complainant reported to police that his property worth K70 000 was stolen.
Chima reported ill while in police custody and was taken to Kafukule Health Centre where he died.
The death prompted some residents to stone the police unit, resulting in the police firing live bullets.
Four people were shot dead while a fifth, a child, lost an arm.Â
According to notice of civil suit The Nation has obtained, the complainants are demanding damages for pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of amenities of life, medical expenses, loss of life, funeral expenses, bereavement, companionship and dependency.
According to a brief description of the incident in the notice, Robert Chima (24) was married to Eliza Jere and they had six children.
Â â€œThe reason of the arrest was that on or about the 10th of November, 2009, the deceased bought items, namely, a blanket and four pairs of plates from Mr Potani Nyirongo which formed part of the deceased estate of his late father without involvement of the other beneficiaries of the estate,â€ claims the notice.
Senior State Advocate Wongani Mvula acknowledged receiving the notice.
In an interview on Wednesday, AG Ralph Kasambara said he needed time to find out the progress on the matter but Ottober said she was served with a defence.