Five charged with rioting over Serangoon Road slashing

Suspects Arjun Retnavelu (left), Sharvin Raj Suraj (right, with head bowed) and Dinesh Kumar Ruvy are among the five men each charged with one count of rioting with deadly weapons.
Suspects Arjun Retnavelu (left), Sharvin Raj Suraj (right, with head bowed) and Dinesh Kumar Ruvy are among the five men each charged with one count of rioting with deadly weapons.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

Within two days of a vicious attack in Serangoon Road, police yesterday produced in court five of seven people allegedly involved in Wednesday's slashing incident in which a man was left badly wounded near Broadway Hotel.

Sharvin Raj Suraj, 17, Haresh Shanmuganathan, 22, Arjun Retnavelu, 23, Victor Alexander Arumugam, 24, and Dinesh Kumar Ruvy, 28, were each charged with one count of rioting with deadly weapons.

The five Singaporeans are accused of attacking Mr Dhines Selvarajah, 26, using weapons such as a baton, a chopper and a parang.

Court documents show that Arjun, Victor and Dinesh allegedly carried out the attack while they were under remission orders.

This means the trio had earlier been convicted in court of other crimes and, as part of the orders, they were not supposed to reoffend within a stipulated period of time.

Victor was not supposed to reoffend between March 17 this year and March 15 next year. For Arjun, this period was from Dec 16 last year to March 22 next year, while for Dinesh, this was from May 11 this year to Oct 21 next year.

It emerged that Victor was hauled to court in April after he allegedly disturbed the public peace by fighting with one Visnu Suriamurthi at a bus stop near Lucky Plaza shopping centre earlier that month. This charge was still pending when he allegedly took part in the Serangoon Road slashing.

If convicted of rioting, the trio could each face an enhanced sentence for breaching their remission orders. Victor would have to spend an additional 234 days behind bars. For Arjun, it would be 241 extra days and for Dinesh, 454 days.

Mr Dhines, who was attacked at about 2.20pm on Wednesday, was left badly injured on a busy road.

He was conscious when he was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where injuries were discovered on the back of his head, arms and legs.

His attackers fled in a rental car, prompting a police manhunt for the assailants.

Within 16 hours of the attack, police nabbed seven people in the vicinity of Corporation Road in Jurong and Block 26 Sin Ming Industrial Estate, including the five charged yesterday.

The five are now remanded at the Central Police Division and will be back in court on Aug 3.

Earlier reports had claimed a samurai sword was also used in the attack, but there was no mention of this in court documents.

On Thursday, police investigators escorted Arjun to Lower Peirce Reservoir, where he had allegedly claimed the sword was thrown into the water. But a four-hour search by commercial divers from Asia Dive Academy proved futile, with no sword found.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2018, with the headline 'Five charged with rioting over Serangoon Road slashing'. Print Edition | Subscribe