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Little India Riot: 23-year-old construction worker pleads guilty for his role in the unrest

Published on Feb 17, 2014 11:32 AM
 
A riot involving almost 400 people broke out in Little India along Race Course Road on Dec 8, 2013. A second man on Monday morning pleaded guilty for his role in the Little India riot. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A second man on Monday morning pleaded guilty for his role in the Little India riot.

Construction worker Singaravelu Vignesh, 23, who was initially charged with rioting, admitted to an amended charge of "continuing in an assembly after it was ordered to disperse" under Section 151 of the Penal Code.

The charge against the Indian national was amended after the case was reviewed by the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC). This means Singaravelu could be jailed for up to two years and/or be given a fine under section 151 of the Penal Code, instead of rioting which carries a sentence of up to seven years jail and caning.

His case is set to be only the second time that Section 151 will be invoked here - the first being when his friend and fellow construction worker, Chinnappa Vijayaragunatha Poopathi, became the first to be sentenced among 25 Indian nationals charged for the Dec 8 riot on Race Course Road. Singaravelu is expected to be sentenced later in the afternoon.

 
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