They raided shops for 'ammunition'

They raided shops for 'ammunition'
The bus that hit construction worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu and a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Red Rhino are among the vehicles damaged in the Little India riot. A total of 22 policemen and 12 SCDF staff were injured.

SINGAPORE - When an intoxicated construction worker boarded a packed bus and dropped his trousers on Sunday evening, it set the scene for Singapore's first riot in more than four decades.

The bus driver wanted him out. Madam Wong, 38, the bus assistant, persuaded Mr Sakthivel Kumaravelu to alight.

The bus driver then quickly closed the bus doors and started to ferry the foreign workers in the bus to Jalan Papan from Tekka Lane.

He did not get very far. He was making a left turn into Race Course Road when he heard a loud bang.

He then discovered that he had knocked down the drunk man, who was pinned under the left rear wheel of the bus.

What followed was pandemonium that ended in a riot involving about 400 people, and 320 policemen to control them.

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