Police explain why no shots fired in Little India riot

Police explain why no shots fired in Little India riot

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police Force posted an update on their Facebook wall clarifying rumours about the Little India riot.

The posting said:

Police would like to clarify certain rumours that have been circulating online.

Facts: - Police officers displayed maximum restraint and did not fire any weapon throughout the incident. This also prevented the incident from escalating further.

- Police resolved the situation and had it under control within an hour

Police would like to advise netizens against spreading unsubstantiated information as they would not only be unhelpful to police investigations, they may also generate unnecessary public alarm, causing fear and panic in the community.

In a 3.45pm update to the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) news release about the incident on Dec 8 at 9.25pm at the  junction of Race Course Road  and Tekka Lane, SCDF said 60 SCDF personnel were deployed for the incident and 12 sustained injuries such as lacerations on the face and cuts on their hands. The injuries sustained were due to projectiles hurled at them while they were carrying out their duties at the incident site. All of them have since been discharged from the hospital.

In total, nine SCDF vehicles were badly damaged. These include three ambulances, one Red Rhino, one fire engine, and four support vehicles. One of the ambulances was completely burnt at the incident site, while the remaining vehicles had varying degree of damages such as smashed windshields, and scratches and dents to the doors and frame. Altogether, six ambulances, one Red Rhino, one Fire Engine, and for support vehicles were deployed to the area.

Notwithstanding this incident, the SCDF would like to assure the public that there is no disruption to the provision of their fire-fighting, rescue and emergency ambulance services. The morale and spirit of SCDF personnel remains high and committed towards their life saving mission.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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