Eleven foreign workers charged with rioting

Eleven foreign workers charged with rioting

Eleven foreign workers were charged in a district court yesterday with rioting at a construction site in Choa Chu Kang over the weekend.

Seven Bangladeshis, aged 20 to 28, are accused of being part of an unlawful assembly, in which one or more of them punched and kicked four Chinese nationals at the construction site for Rainforest Condominium, off Choa Chu Kang Ave 3, at 3.17pm on Sunday.

The four Chinese nationals, Chong Hongbin, 25; Liu Baoqiang, 27; Liu Zhiwen, 44; and Sun Jiahong, 46, are similarly accused of being in an unlawful group, in which one or more of them used violence by punching and kicking the Bangladeshis.

The workers from Bangladesh are Faruk Mohammad Omar, 20; Sohag Mohammad Mehedi Hasan, 20; Hossain Md Alams, 21; Sohag Anamul Hoque, 21; Hoque Anas Evna, 22; Mia Mohammad Sagar, 23; and Mizan A Rashid, 28.

In a statement, the police said that officers from Jurong Police Division arrived at the scene and found one of the men injured. He was given medical attention.

Preliminary investigations showed he had been involved in a fight with 10 other people, following a dispute. The Straits Times understands that the injured man was Chong.

The prosecution requested two weeks to complete its investigation and to get a medical report on the victim.

The 11 workers were offered bail of $15,000 each and their passports were impounded. They will be back in court on April 22.

If convicted, each of them could be jailed for up to seven years and caned.

 

This article was published on April 9 in The Straits Times.

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