Little India riot: Don't make needless accusations, WP urges public

SINGAPORE - The Workers' Party (WP) has urged the public to refrain from speculating and making unnecessary accusations as the police investigate the Little India riot.

In a statement on its website on Monday, the opposition party added that the Committee of Inquiry that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is convening should study the riot's underlying causes, so that the Government can address them and prevent such an incident from happening again.

"The Workers' Party wishes a speedy recovery to the Home Team officers and other victims who were injured during the riot in Little India... and we extend our condolences to the family of the deceased traffic accident victim, Mr Sakthivel Kumaravelu," said Mr Gerald Giam, the chair of the party's media team.

Mr Kumaravelu, 33, is the Indian national whose death on Sunday sparked the riot. He had been working here as a construction worker for about two years.

Mr Giam, who is also a Non-Constituency MP, added on Monday the WP believes the police "will carry out a thorough investigation to apprehend those responsible for the riot (so they can) face the law".

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