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Race Course Road Braces for Big Brother

Police have arrested 8 more Indian nationals, following the Little India riot on Sunday.

Authorities warn of more arrests in the coming days.

More cameras will be installed in the Race Course Road vicinity, and police presence there will be stepped up.

Police have released timeline of the incident that night, which began with a traffic accident, and ended with a huge riot that put Singapore in international spotlight.

Around 400 people are suspected to have been involved in the riot, making it tough for state media to dub it a “sit-in”.


Timeline of events: Little India riot
(Source: Singapore Police Force, TODAY)

9.23pm Police informed of serious road traffic accident.
9.25pm SCDF alerted.
9.31pm First ambulance arrives at scene.
9.37pm First police fast response car arrives; crowd size at this point about 100.
9.38pm First fire engine arrives.
9.41pm Police reinforcements progressively arrive on scene.
9.45pm Crowd swells to 400, was unruly. Special Operations Command activated.
9.56pm SCDF rescuers extricate body from under bus. Mob has started pelting uniformed personnel and emergency vehicles with items including beer bottles, concrete blocks and drain covers. Police shield SCDF personnel.
10.11pm Police shield bus driver and assistant from bus to ambulance; mob is aggressive and hinders rescue operations.
10.30pm First Special Ops Command troops arrive at Hampshire Road, having proceeded on foot to the incident location at the junction of Hampshire Road and Race Course Road due to traffic congestion.
10.37pm Police activate major recall of 53 patrol cars from police units islandwide.
10.40pm Second group of Special Ops Command troops arrive at the scene.
10.44pm Special Ops Command officers form up and begin to disperse mob; police begin to make arrests.
11.30pm Situation largely brought under control.
11.45pm Mob has dispersed, police commence high visibility patrols in vicinity to prevent rioters from regrouping.
00.01am Police investigations begin at scene.
00.05am Police Commissioner arrives at scene.
00.39am DPM Teo Chee Hean, 2nd Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran and Police Deputy Commissioner arrive at scene.
05.08am Onsite investigations completed; NEA begins to clean up area.
06.45am Race Course Road reopens to traffic.
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