6 Myanmar nationals claiming to be grave diggers caught by ICA officers at Choa Chu Kang cemetery


Six male Myanmar nationals have been arrested for immigration-related offences after they were found staying at a Choa Chu Kang cemetery during an Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) operation.

While checking the area on Tuesday (19 February), a Myanmar male national spotted ICA officers and tried to flee. The officers gave chase and subdued him, said the ICA in a press release on Thursday.

The man later led the officers to his make-shift quarters within the cemetery where five other male Myanmar nationals were found.

The six men, aged between 22 and 42, claimed to be working as grave diggers in the cemetery. They were arrested for immigration-related offences, including overstaying in Singapore, said the ICA.

Investigations are currently ongoing.

Under the Immigration Act, a person who is convicted of overstaying or illegal entry faces up to six months in jail and a minimum of three strokes of the cane, while the penalty for illegal departure is  up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

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