Little India riot: I've been hurt, says bus coordinator

Little India riot: I've been hurt, says bus coordinator
HURT: Madam Grace Wong Geck Woon (left) was wounded on her forehead. Her left eye was swollen and she had bruises on her limbs. On the right, a worker tried to smash the bus.

SINGAPORE - She was in the eye of the storm, the target of scorn, the focus of fury.

But was what she did also the spark that lit the fuse that led to the riot in Little India? She is Madam Grace Wong Geck Woon, 38, who works as a bus coordinator.

Her job is to coordinate a fleet of buses ferrying foreign workers from their dormitories to Little India and back.

She also ensures that the buses leave on time. She has been doing this every Sunday for almost three years now.

But last Sunday, she was one of two under siege on a bus surrounded by a mob baying for blood.

The other was the bus driver who has been arrested for causing death by a negligent act following the death of an Indian national who was killed in the accident at the junction of Race Course Road and Tekka Lane.

The Indian national, who tried to board the bus, is believed to have been drunk, said police on Monday night. The bus was leaving for his dormitory at Jalan Papan in Tuas.

But Mr Sakthivel Kumaravelu, 33, was asked to get off because it was already full.

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