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Ninth man convicted for role in Little India riot gets nine months' jail

Published on May 22, 2014 1:25 PM

A construction worker on Thursday became the ninth man to be convicted for his role in the Little India riot, after he pleaded guilty to being a member of an unlawful assembly.

Karuppaiah Chandrasekar, 32, was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment, backdated to his arrest on Dec 12. Senior District Judge Ong Hian Sun said: "This court has to send a strong signal that we cannot tolerate such lawlessness in society."

Singapore's worst public order disturbance in more than four decades on Dec 8 last year saw 23 emergency vehicles damaged and 54 responding officers injured. It was sparked by a road traffic accident in which an Indian national was run over and crushed by a private bus.

Karuppaiah had, after 10pm that evening, joined the rowdy crowd. He shouted loudly at the ground officers and threw an empty beer can in the direction of the damaged bus. He ran away after he realised that some police officers were running in their direction.

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