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Little India riot: 17th man to be dealt with given five months' jail

Published on Sep 4, 2014 12:14 PM

SINGAPORE - A construction worker on Thursday became the 17th person to be dealt with over the Little India riot last Dec 8.

Indian national Selvanathan Murugesan, 28, was sentenced to five months in jail after pleading guilty to obstructing a police officer that night.

A district court heard that around 10.45pm, Selvanathan and his brother-in-law were walking towards Little India MRT station when they were stopped by a police officer along Chander Road, who told them to go to Farrer Park MRT instead.

The officer had been stationed there to block access to the cordoned-off area around Race Course Road, where police were dispersing people involved in the unlawful assembly that night.

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