Indian TV channel corrects its report

Indian TV channel corrects its report

NEW DELHI - An Indian television channel that caused uproar with its reporting on Sunday's Little India riot has aired a corrected version of its initial news report.

"We have corrected the news and the correct version was given at the same time and duration with same kind of prominence as the original news," Sun TV editor-in charge R. Umashankar told The Straits Times.

Its report on Monday night said that the worker who died, Sakthivel Kumaravelu, 33, was pushed off the bus by a female bus driver. It also claimed that Chinese and Singaporean individuals attacked Indian nationals.

Its corrected version on Tuesday said Mr Sakthivel was reportedly drunk and the driver assisted him off the bus, but he was run over as he ran alongside it.

The channel further clarified that a mob went on a rampage and the situation was brought under control by the police.

In its initial report on Monday, Sun TV, based in Chennai, also claimed that Chinese Singaporeans attacked Tamil Indian nationals who hid in their homes for fear of being harassed by the police or attacked by Singaporeans.

The correction came after Singapore's High Commissioner to India Lim Thuan Kuan wrote and asked the channel to correct its "erroneous" coverage.

He said in his letter: "The riot was an isolated incident arising from the unlawful actions of an unruly mob reacting to a fatal traffic accident. The vast majority of foreign workers in Singapore are peaceful, hardworking and law-abiding workers."

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