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Little India Riot: Bangladeshi embassy urges nationals to cooperate with authorities

Aftermath of the riot in Little India, Race Course Road on Dec 9, 2013. The Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore has issued a statement refuting some media reports which state that a Bangladeshi worker was involved in an accident which trig
Aftermath of the riot in Little India, Race Course Road on Dec 9, 2013. The Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore has issued a statement refuting some media reports which state that a Bangladeshi worker was involved in an accident which triggered the riots. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore has issued a statement refuting some media reports which state that a Bangladeshi worker was involved in an accident which triggered the riots.

It said: "In some press and media reports there has been unsubstantiated news reporting which says that a Bangladeshi worker was hit by a bus that escalated the riot incident."

"I want to categorically state that as per available information the news reports that appeared on a section of media and news involving a Bangladeshi worker is not based on facts."

"I would request the Bangladesh community to exercise utmost calm and restraint and fully cooperate with the law enforcement agencies.

The statement said they are "duty bound to help the authorities to maintain rule of law , order and discipline in the society and community."

"This is necessary to maintain overall law and order and also to ensure that the law enforcement agencies can carry out their duties and responsibilities," the statement added.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our hands of cooperation and assistance to the government and relevant agencies."