7 men arrested over Serangoon Road slashing incident

7 men arrested over Serangoon Road slashing incident

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Photo posted on Facebook shows a man lying on the road after he was slashed at 202 Serangoon Road. (Photo: Facebook/KP Lau)

SINGAPORE: Seven Singaporean men were arrested on Thursday (Jul 26) over an attack on a 27-year-old man in Little India. 

The suspects, aged 17 to 28, were arrested near Corporation Road and Block 26 Sin Ming Industrial Estate, the police said. 

The incident took place at about 2.20pm on Wednesday at 202 Serangoon Road.

The suspects were believed to have slashed the victim on the back of his head, body, hands and legs with a kitchen knife and a samurai sword before fleeing in a car. 

The victim was taken conscious to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. 

Photos on social media show a man lying on the road near a bus stop, with police officers at the scene. 

An eyewitness who declined to be named told Tamil Seithi that he saw four men running past Broadway Hotel and getting into a car parked by the side of the road near a fire hydrant.

Police officers on Thursday took one of the suspects to Lower Peirce Reservoir, where he is believed to have disposed of a weapon used in the attack.

Channel NewsAsia understands that Arjun Retnavelu, 24, wrapped a samurai sword in an orange cloth before throwing it into the reservoir at about 4pm on Wednesday.

Commercial divers went into the water to search for the sword. 

Nothing had been found by the time police called off the search four hours later. 

All the suspects are under investigation for rioting and being armed with a deadly weapon. If found guilty, they could be jailed for up to 10 years and caned. 

Police said in a news release late on Thursday that five of the suspects, aged between 17 and 28, will be charged in court on Friday. 

Preliminary investigations show that the incident is believed to have arisen from a personal feud, added the police.

Source: CNA/mz/hm(cy)