India assures support to its workers in Singapore after riot

Singh said she was assured by Singapore authorities that those who had done no wrong should not worry.

Written by PTI | Singapore | Published:December 14, 2013 1:28 am

India Friday assured support to its nationals that law-abiding people have nothing to fear after authorities arrested 31 Indians for alleged rioting in Singapore’s worst outbreak of violence in over 40 years.

The assurance by the High Commissioner Vijay Thakur Singh came in the wake of Sunday’s riot in Little India,triggered by an Indian national’s death in a bus accident.

“The High Commission has always cared and will continue to care for the welfare and well-being of Indian citizens in Singapore,” Singh told PTI.

Singh said she will visit a number of dormitories housing Indian workers over the next few days to assure them of the mission’s support.

“The Indian High Commission can always be approached for help in any matter,” she said.

Singh said she was assured by Singapore authorities that those who had done no wrong should not worry. But,those who broke the law would have to face the consequences,she added.

Indians working in Singapore must abide by the law of the land and the rules and regulations of the country must be respected,Singh stressed.

She said lawyers were coming forward through the Law Society of Singapore to make legal assistance to those arrested in connection with the riot in Little India.

The riot was an unfortunate incident,but it was not premeditated,Singh said.

Singapore imposes alcohol ban in Little India<\b>

SINGAPORE: Singapore has imposed a ban on consumption and sale of alcohol in the Little India locality here over this weekend following last Sunday’s riot by some 400 South Asian workers,media report said. “Nobody would be allowed to sell or consume alcohol in approximately 1.1 sq km zone declared as ‘proclaimed area’,” said DCP T Raja Kumar.

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