Little India Riot Inquiry: She went into the heart of the riot

Little India Riot Inquiry: She went into the heart of the riot
DSP Ho See Ying, commanding officer of Rochor NPC recounted what happened on Dec 8 last year.

She was unarmed, plain-clothed and alone.

It was past 10pm and Race Course Road was dark. All she could make out were burning vehicles on the road and a large group of people in the distance.

But that did not stop Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Ho See Ying from venturing into the heart of the riot to find out what was going on and where her other officers were.

While doing so, she even asked people to take shelter and for shopkeepers to pull down their shutters.

On Wednesday, DSP Ho, who is the commanding officer of Rochor Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC), which is at 11, Kampong Kapor Road, recounted what happened on Dec 8 last year before the Committee of Inquiry.

She said she was at home in Hougang when she received a call about the riot.

She immediately drove out and parked along Race Course Road, near Kinta Road, 25 minutes later.

She then walked towards Hampshire Road where she met about 12 police officers in full uniform, armed with shields and helmets. It was there she saw the ground commander of the night, Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC) Lu Yeow Lim, whom she said was on the phone.

As the officers' shields were blocking her view, she decided to venture out on her own.

Committee member Andrew Chua then asked her if she was afraid of being attacked. Her reply: "I wanted to find out what was happening up front."

She headed to Race Course Road, but had to turn back near Kerbau Road as projectiles were raining in her direction. Even then, she still gave orders for police and auxiliary police officers to block traffic into Race Course Road.

When the Special Operations Command (SOC) arrived, she regrouped with her fellow police officers and moved behind the SOC column.

It was then that some of the rioters tried to run through the line formed by the column, prompting DSP Ho to give chase.


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