Little India riot: Two cans enough to get him tipsy

Little India riot: Two cans enough to get him tipsy
The body of Mr Sakthivel Kumaravelu, 33, whose death sparked off the Sunday night riots, was received by a group of more than 100 people at his home village of Chathiram, Tamil Nadu.

SINGAPORE - He was a lightweight drinker and two cans of beer were enough to make him tipsy.

But that never stopped Indian national Sakthivel Kumaravelu, 33, from enjoying one or two cans of Haywards 5000 every weekend, said his roommate and colleague, who wanted to be known only as Kumar.

The beer, which costs $3.50, contains 7.5 per cent alcohol.

"He would mostly drink (at the road) outside our dormitory," said the 30-year-old Indian national.

"But he couldn't drink a lot. After two cans maximum, he would become drowsy and return to the dorm to sleep."

Both men arrived in Singapore four months ago from India and slept in the same 12-man dormitory at Jalan Papan, Jurong.

"He was a quiet person and didn't talk much. He would speak only when questioned," said Mr Kumar.

Mr Kumar told The New Paper: "He had a cold and had asked his family in India to send medicine. It was only his second time (visiting) Little India in four months."

He added that Mr Sakthivel, who died on Sunday, had left for Little India on his own.

Mr Kumar did not know what Mr Sakthivel was doing in Little India or how he got drunk.

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