An Indian was on Thursday sentenced to 33 months in jail and three strokes of the cane for his role in rioting last year, becoming the second man from the country to be jailed for the worst street violence in four decades in Singapore.
Arumugam Karthik, 25, had thrown projectiles at three police vehicles and a fire engine and flipped over three police cars. Karthik, who worked in the construction sector, had also set fire to one of the police vehicles at the scene of the riot in Singapore’s Little India — a precinct of Indian businesses, pubs and eateries.
Karthik was also sentenced to 30 months jail for mischief by fire. The sentences will run concurrently. The riot was sparked by a fatal bus accident involving another Indian, Sakthivel Kumaravelu, on the night of December 8, 2013.
Last week, another Indian Ramalingam Sakthivel, 33, was sentenced to 30 months in jail and three strokes of cane. Of the 25 men who were charged for their roles in the riot, six were earlier sentenced to between 15 and 18 weeks in jail. The remaining 17 men charged have their cases pending in court, the Straits Times reported.