Little India Riot: Victim of road traffic accident that sparked off mob identified
Published on Dec 9, 2013 10:44 AM
The 33-year-old Indian national who died in the fatal accident, which sparked the Little India riot on Sunday night has been identified.
Mr Sakthivel Kumaravelu has been working in Singapore as a construction worker with Heng Hup Soon, a scaffolding company, for about two years, said a man who identified his body at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) mortuary on Monday morning.
The man, who declined to be named, said Mr Kumaravelu's family has not been notified of his death. He added that Mr Kumaravelu's body was not decapitated as reported by some news outlets but he did suffer injuries to his face.
Twenty-seven men from South Asia have since been arrested in connection with Sunday night's riot, which broke out at about 9.30pm along Race Course Road. Investigations are ongoing.
Videos uploaded on social media within the hour of the accident, showed the private bus, which had apparently run over Mr Kumaravelu, being set upon by an angry mob even as his body remained pinned under the vehicle.
One man from the mob was seen in a video striking the windscreen and windows of the bus with a pole, while another tossed a litter bin at the vehicle from close range, shattering the front windscreen. This even as the crowd continued to grow, cheering and shouting vulgarities in Tamil - turning violent in a matter of minutes, said eyewitnesses.