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Little India Riot: Police release boundaries for ban of sale & consumption of alcohol

Bottles of alcohol are displayed in a store at Little India. The police on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013, released details of the boundaries of a temporary ban of the sale and consumption of alcohol in the Little India area this weekend in light of last Sun
Bottles of alcohol are displayed in a store at Little India. The police on Thursday, Dec 12, 2013, released details of the boundaries of a temporary ban of the sale and consumption of alcohol in the Little India area this weekend in light of last Sunday's riot. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN 

From the junction of Selegie Road and Short Street where the famous Rochor Original Beancurd stall is located, to the Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple on Serangoon Road; and from Jalan Besar Road all the way to Dorset Road - this is the area which the blanket ban on the sale of consumption and alcohol will cover this weekend.

The police on Thursday released details of the boundaries of the temporary ban in the Little India area in light of last Sunday's riot.

The suspension - which takes affect from 6am on Dec 14 to 6am Dec 16 - will affect about 374 liquor licences in Little India and the surrounding vicinity, said the police.

These include areas such as MacKenzie Road, Race Course Road, Farrer Park and Petain Road. Affected establishments will include liquor shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs, coffee shops and convenience shops in these areas.

The police said these business establishments have been informed of the suspension and officers will be deployed to conduct enforcement checks on outlets within the affected areas.

Mr Martin Pun, 38, manager of restaurant New Everest Kitchen on Chander Road, which serves beer and wine, said: "It's not fair for them to ban us too. Our customers are Singaporeans and tourists, not foreign workers." Mr Pun estimates that because of the ban, his restaurant will lose about $2,000 in profits over the weekend.

The police added that it will also be declaring Little India a "proclaimed area" under the Public Order (Preservation) Act. This will allow police officers to take action against anyone consuming alcohol in the area, including seizing the alcohol. Deputy Commissioner of Police T. Raja Kumar said at a press conference on Thursday evening: "These measures are meant as calming measures in the aftermath of last weekend's riot...we will review after this weekend how to calibrate the measures moving forward."

The Land Transport Authority also announced that all private bus services from foreign worker dormitories to Little India will be suspended this Sunday. It also said that it will be ready to increase public transport services should the need arise.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Manpower plans to organise alternative activities for foreign workers at their dormitories and at areas outside of Little India this weekend.