Wife of man charged over Thaipusam scuffle claims she was assaulted by police

A screenshot of a video posted on Facebook showing a man being led away by police during a scuffle at the Thaipusam procession on Feb 3, 2015 . A 30-year-old Indian woman has filed a police report claiming that she was pushed and hit by cops dur
A screenshot of a video posted on Facebook showing a man being led away by police during a scuffle at the Thaipusam procession on Feb 3, 2015 . A 30-year-old Indian woman has filed a police report claiming that she was pushed and hit by cops during the incident. -- PHOTO: VIKNESWARAAN SEGAR/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - The wife of a man charged over a scuffle which broke out at the Thaipusam procession last week has filed a police report, claiming she was assaulted by police officers.

The police confirmed that a report has been lodged by the 30-year-old Indian woman.

"In response to media queries, the Police confirmed that it received a report on 4 February 2015 from a 30-year-old Indian female who alleged that three officers had hit or pushed her on 3 February 2015 at Desker Road, during the Thaipusam procession," the police said in a statement.

"She is the wife of one of the accused charged for disorderly behaviour at the same procession. Police take a serious view of any allegation against its officers and will investigate each case thoroughly," it added.

"However, if the allegations are found to be false, appropriate action, in accordance with our laws, will be taken against any persons found to have furnished false information to the Police."

A scuffle broke out during the Thaipusam procession on Feb 3. Police said organisers had asked a group of people to stop playing traditional Indian drums as it was not allowed under the event's police permit. Three men, who were part of a group which hired a different set of drummers, allegedly hurled vulgarities at police officers and injured one of them.

The trio, Ramachandra Chandramohan, 32, Jaya Kumar Krishnasamy, 28, and Gunasegaran Rajendran, 33, were arrested. They were charged on Saturday. They have been released on bail and will be back in court on March 6.