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Riot: 28 face charges, 53 to be deported

Police investigations largely completed; 200 workers will get police advisories

Published on Dec 18, 2013 6:20 AM
Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean at the press conference on Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013, to announce that 28 foreign workers will be charged for the Little India mayhem while 53 will be deported. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

More than a week after mayhem broke out in Little India, police have largely completed their investigations and the authorities are proceeding with charges against 28 foreign workers and deporting another 53 of them.

The 53 will be given stern warnings and banned from entering Singapore. Yesterday, seven others had the charges of rioting dropped against them in court.

Police said another 200 involved in the riot will be given advisories to obey the law but no further action will be taken against them. Their involvement was deemed "relatively passive based on the available evidence", and they can work here as long as they keep on the right side of the law.

The police said about 300 men were involved in the incident, not the initial estimate of 400.

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