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November 08, 2018 05:58
2 Indian-Origin in Singapore Jailed for Lighting Illegal Fireworks

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The two Indian-origin men on the eve of Diwali were charged with lighting illegal fireworks in Singapore's 'Little India' environs and they face up to two years in jail and a penalty ranging between SGD2,000 and SGD10,000.

It is unlawful to set off fireworks in Singapore without obtaining permission from the authorities.

The 29-year-old Thiagu Selvarajoo is accused of letting off dangerous fireworks while Siva Kumar Subramaniam (48) is charged with abetting him, according to a report by The Straits Times on Thursday.

According to court documents, Siva Kumar allegedly placed a box of fireworks on a road divider on Gloucester Road shortly before midnight on Monday and Thiagu reportedly lit them.

The court documents did not bring out how the two men procured the fireworks. The two were arrested on Tuesday.

A video of the fireworks display went viral on social media.

A group named SG Road Vigilante (SGRV) on Facebook posted the video on Tuesday afternoon along with a post which read, "Illegal fireworks being set off at Race Course Road. Singapore police officers can be seen rushing towards the scene." The post concluded by wishing people a happy Diwali.

The roads are within the Little India precinct where large crowds of Indians gather on leisure time and weekends.

The two men are remanded and will be back in court on November 14.

-Sowmya Sangam

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