Four men arrested over murder at St James Power Station

The police have arrested four men in connection with the murder of a 34-year-old man at St James Power Station on Sunday.

The alleged assailants are aged between 20 and 28, and were arrested following investigative probes and ground inquiries by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Police Intelligence Department.

The first suspect was arrested on Sunday, and officers subsequently established the identities of the three other suspects and arrested them in an operation a day later.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the incident is believed to have arisen from a dispute between the deceased and a staff member of Postbar, a nightspot at St James.

One of the suspects will be charged in court today with murder. Investigations against the other three suspects are ongoing.

The deceased, Mr Sateesh Kumar, sustained stab wounds to his head and back. Another man, 28, suffered injuries to his head.

Director CID (Covering), Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Sekher Warrier, said: "I would like to commend all the officers who had worked tirelessly and selflessly round the clock to solve this case within 48 hours.

"Despite the challenges, our officers displayed perseverance and tenacity in their investigation and intelligence probes, which, coupled with the extensive groundwork, have resulted in the swift and successful arrest of all the suspects."

Yesterday morning, the father, sister and brother of Mr Sateesh came forward to claim his body at the Health Sciences Authority mortuary.

They declined comment when approached by reporters. It is understood that the family rushed back from a trip to Malaysia to claim his body.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2017, with the headline 'Four men arrested over murder at St James Power Station'. Print Edition | Subscribe