Little India riot police update: Driver is 55-year-old Singaporean

Little India riot police update: Driver is 55-year-old Singaporean
The is the bus that was involved in the accident, which triggered the riot along Race Course Road.

SINGAPORE - The driver of the private bus involved in a fatal accident at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road on Dec 8 is a 55-year-old Singaporean who was conveyed conscious to hospital.

In a 3.45pm update, police said in a news release that on Dec 8 at 9.23pm, they received a call with a message "A bus has knocked down someone here, ambulance required."

Investigations revealed that at 9.23pm, a fatal traffic accident had happened between a private bus and a pedestrian at the junction of Race Course Road and Hampshire Road. Shortly after, a riot broke out involving a crowd of about 400 people where they damaged several vehicles including 16 police vehicles.

About 300 Police Officers, including those from the Special Operations Command and the Gurkha Contingent, responded to the scene.

The accident victim, a 33-year-old Indian national, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at scene. The driver of the private bus, a 55-year-old Singaporean, was conveyed conscious to the hospital.

As at 12pm today, 22 Police Officers and five Auxilliary Police Officers have sought treatment at the hospital. The officers sustained injuries and lacerations. All of them have since been discharged from the hospital.

Police have classified the traffic incident as Causing Death by Negligent Act, and the subsequent incident as Rioting with Dangerous Weapons. The driver is assisting Traffic Police with investigations into the traffic incident.

27 people, aged 23 to 45, have been arrested in connection with the rioting incident. Out of the 27 subjects, 24 are Indian nationals, two are Bangladeshi nationals and one is a Singaporean Permanent Resident.

The damaged vehicles have been removed from Race Course Road and Hampshire Road, and the affected roads were opened at 6.45am.

Police said they take this incident very seriously and will spare no effort to arrest those who are involved.

Members of the public are advised not to speculate on this incident. Members of the public with any information of the riot are advised to submit them via www.spf.gov.sg/iwitness and www.spf.gov.sg/CrimeStopper.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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