Little India slashing: 5 men charged with rioting with deadly weapons

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Arjun Retnavelu (left) and Dinesh Kmar Ruvy, two of the suspects in the Little India samurai sword slashing incident. (Photos: Yahoo News Singapore/Wan Ting Koh and Suhaile MD)
Arjun Retnavelu (left) and Dinesh Kmar Ruvy, two of the suspects in the Little India samurai sword slashing incident. (Photos: Yahoo News Singapore/Wan Ting Koh and Suhaile MD)

Five men allegedly involved in the slashing of a 26-year-old man in Little India this week were charged in court on Friday (27 July).

Victor Alexander Arumugam, 24; Arjun Retnavelu, 23; Haresh Shanmuganathan, 22; Dinesh Kumar Ruvy, 28; and Sharvin Suraj, 17, were each charged with one count of rioting with deadly weapons.

The accused have all been remanded. Their case will next be heard on 3 August.

The five are among seven men arrested on Thursday in the vicinity of Corporation Road and Blk 26 Sin Ming Industrial Estate, following an islandwide police manhunt. The suspects are aged between 17 and 28.

Using weapons that included a samurai sword, chopper and parang, the suspects attacked a 26-year-old man at the bus stop in front of Broadway Hotel along 202 Serangoon Road on Wednesday afternoon. The attackers fled in a rented car, leaving him lying in a pool of blood on the leftmost lane of Serangoon Road.

Passers-by helped the victim and he was sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He had sustained serious injuries on his head, back, and legs but is now in stable condition.

If convicted of rioting with deadly weapons, the five men face a jail term up to 10 years and/or caning.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the incident is believed to have arisen from a personal feud. Investigations against the two remaining suspects are in progress.

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