Bus driver assisting with investigations over fatal Little India accident
- POSTED: 09 Dec 2013 18:05
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Police have classified the traffic accident in Little India on Sunday night that preceded a riot as "causing death by a negligent act." The driver of the private bus, a 55-year-old Singaporean, is assisting with investigations.
SINGAPORE: Police have classified the traffic accident in Little India on Sunday night that preceded a riot as "causing death by a negligent act."
The driver of the private bus, a 55-year-old Singaporean, is assisting with investigations.
Police said the 27 people who were arrested in the ensuing riot include 24 Indian nationals, two Bangladeshi nationals and one Singapore Permanent Resident.
They are aged between 23 and 45.
In a statement on Monday afternoon, police also said the 27 police personnel who were injured in the violence have been discharged from hospital.
They included 22 police officers and five auxiliary police officers.
The officers had sought treatment at the hospital for injuries and lacerations.
Some 300 police officers, including those from the Special Operations Command and the Gurkha Contingent, had responded to the incident on Sunday night.
A fatal traffic accident involving a pedestrian had occurred at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road at about 9.20pm on Sunday night.
Shortly after, a riot broke out, involving some 400 people. They damaged vehicles, including 16 police vehicles.
The accident victim, a 33-year-old Indian national, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the private bus was sent conscious to hospital.
Police said the damaged vehicles had been removed from Race Course Road and Hampshire Road, and the affected roads were opened at 6.45am on Monday.
They said they take the incident very seriously and will spare no effort to arrest those who were involved.