Auxiliary policeman clarifies testimony

SINGAPORE - Certis Cisco officer Srisivasangkar Subramaniam returned to the stand on Wednesday to clarify his testimony the day before about helping to arrest four men during the riot.

According to the auxiliary police force's protocol, he would have to tell the men what they have done wrong and take down their particulars before placing them under arrest.

He would usually call his supervisor, Mr Mahmood Masdar, who would then hand the suspects over to the police.

But Mr Srisivasangkar had done none of this on the night of Dec 8.

Mr Mahmood did not even know about the "arrests".

It was revealed that Mr Srisivasangkar did not "hand over" the rioters to police officers, as he had said in his statement.

Instead, he clarified that he had merely dragged the men from Kerbau Road towards Race Course Road, where there were police officers and told the men to stay there.

He said he wanted to clarify his testimony because he had read about his earlier testimony on an Internet news website.

"When I read more than once, I felt there was something wrong," he said through a Tamil interpreter.

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