2 Indian-origin men face jail in Singapore for fireworks on Diwali

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The Hush Post | 9:35 am| three-minute-read

Probably a lesson for India to learn from if the ban of firecrackers is to be strictly observed. Two Indian-origin men were charged with lighting illegal fireworks in Singapore’s ‘Little India’ precinct on the eve of Diwali.

Now they face up to two years in jail and a fine ranging between SGD 2,000 and SGD 10,000. It is illegal to set off firecrackers in Singapore without obtaining permission.

29-year-old Thiagu Selvarajoo is accused of letting off dangerous fireworks while 48-year-old Siva Kumar Subramaniam is charged with abetting him, The Straits Times reported on Thursday.

Siva Kumar placed a box of fireworks on a road divider on Gloucester Road a little before midnight on Monday and Thiagu lit them.

It hasn’t come to light as to how the two of them procured firecrackers. The two were arrested on Tuesday. A video of the fireworks display made the rounds on social media.

Facebook group SG Road Vigilante (SGRV) 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 ended by wishing people a happy Diwali.

The roads are within the Little India precinct where large crowds of Indians gather on holidays and weekends. The two Singaporeans are remanded and will be back in court on November 14.

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