Investigations carried out at lodging house

Investigations carried out at lodging house

SINGAPORE - The lodging house, which was along a row of shophouses at Rowell Road, was dimly lit and dingy.

This was where one of the suspects in the legless body murder is believed to have been staying until he was arrested yesterday afternoon.

The police carried out investigations in the room beside the kitchen on the second storey, while the suspect, a Pakistani man, was held outside in a van.

Of the eight rooms and three toilets on the second storey, the room, located at the end of a narrow corridor, was the only one isolated.

Following the investigations, the room was emptied, leaving just a double-decker bed and a desk.

A guest who had been staying there for two days said: "People come and go, we never see anyone long enough for us to remember."

The tourist, who is from Punjab in India, said he was shocked when he returned to the lodging house at about 5pm yesterday.

He saw at least eight police officers in the room and was stopped from using the toilet.

"They said no one could go to the toilet or anywhere near the kitchen till they were done."

Guests said the lodging house charges tourists from India $50 a night and most are businessmen.

Although most of the hotel guests were Pakistani, there was a group of Punjabi men cooking curry and pakoras (Indian snacks) for dinner.

They were not aware of what was going on, but the police presence alerted them that something was not right.

"I saw the police, but I didn't know what exactly happened. I don't even know what he (the suspect) looked like," said Mr Devandran, a businessman staying there.

This article was first published on June 13, 2014.
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