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Little India Riot COI: Foreign worker who was on the bus in fatal accident to give evidence

Published on Feb 24, 2014 9:57 AM
The wrecked private bus at the junction of Race Course Road at the aftermath of the Little India riot on Dec 9, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The public hearing into the Little India riot resumes on Monday with Indian national Ganeson Thanaraj, who was on the bus that was involved in the fatal accident that sparked the violence, testifying before the Committee of Inquiry (COI).

Last week, the committee was presented with video evidence that showed how an intoxicated foreign worker was killed after he fell into the path of a moving bus, which was ferrying workers from Tekka Lane to a dormitory in Jalan Papan.

The inquiry had also heard from the bus driver and a timekeeper - who was in-charge of the bus queues at Tekka Lane - on the sequence of events leading up to the accident and the subsequent attack by a violent mob, apparently riled up by the way the 33-year-old construction worker from India was killed.

Mr Ganeson is the first foreign worker among 117 witnesses who are expected to appear before the COI, chaired by retired Supreme Court Judge G. Pannir Selvam.

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