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Little India riot: Trio file complaint of police assault

Published on Jan 9, 2014 8:04 AM
 
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers at the aftermath of the Little India riot at Race Course Road on Dec 9, 2013. Three Indian nationals facing charges for their alleged roles in a riot in Little India on Dec 8 last year yesterday filed a formal complaint of police assault with the Internal Affairs Office (IAO). -- ST FILE PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

Three Indian nationals facing charges for their alleged roles in a riot in Little India on Dec 8 last year yesterday filed a formal complaint of police assault with the Internal Affairs Office (IAO).

The three were arrested at separate places that night, but all alleged they were physically assaulted, and subjected to insults and threats, to get them to admit to their roles in the riot.

Their lawyer, Mr M. Ravi, urged a "fair and just" probe by the IAO into the allegations, noting the conduct of the officers was "deplorable at best". The office is an independent unit of the Singapore Police Force that investigates disciplinary offences or crimes committed by officers during the course of their work.

The trio are IT project manager Arun Kaliamurthy, 28, who was visiting Singapore as a tourist when he was implicated, Rajendran Mohan, 25, and Ravi Arun Vengatesh, 24, who were both working here.

 
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