Twenty four Indians have been charged with rioting in Singapore's worst outbreak of violence, triggered by an Indian's death in a road accident. They have been remanded for a week to facilitate further investigations which could result in up to seven years in prison and caning.
The Indian High Commission in Singapore is working with Singapore's Foreign Affairs Ministry to help the accsued for their role in rioting in Little India, an area with a majority of of Indian-origin businesses, eateries and pubs where most South Asian workers enjoy their Sunday break.
The trouble started after a private bus had killed an Indian Sakthivel Kuaravelu in Little India. Around 400 South Asians were involved in the rampage that left 39 police and defence staff injured and 25 vehicles damaged. Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong had earlier formed a special committee to probe the incident, the likes of which were seen during the race riots in 1969.