Little India slashing: Suspect brought by police to Lower Pierce Reservoir

One of the suspects in the Little India slashing case is escorted by police at Lower Pierce Reservoir on Thursday, 26 July 2018. PHOTO: Wan Ting Koh/Yahoo News Singapore

One of seven men arrested over a slashing incident in Serangoon Road was brought by police to the Lower Pierce Reservoir fishing ground on Thursday (26 July), where he allegedly disposed of one of the weapons used in the incident.

Police arrived on the scene with the suspect at 12.55pm, where reporters saw him demonstrating how he threw the weapon into the water. Yahoo News Singapore understands that it was a samurai sword wrapped with a baton in an orange cloth.

The Straits Times reported that the suspect is believed to be one Arjun Retnavelu. Yahoo News Singapore understands that he took a taxi by himself to the area on Wednesday between 4.00pm and 5.00pm. He may have been inebriated at the time.

Commercial divers were seen entering the water at about 1.30pm in a bid to retrieve the weapon from an area that is about 1.9 metres in depth. The reservoir faces the golf course at Singapore Island Country Club.

The divers emerged about three hours later but were unable to retrieve the sword due to poor visibility in the water. Police officers also trawled through eight hours of CCTV footage from two cameras in the area.

Seven men, aged 17-28 and of Indian descent, were arrested on Thursday in the vicinity of Corporation Road and Blk 26 Sin Ming Industrial Estate after a police manhunt.

The suspects are said to have slashed a 27-year-old Indian man with a kitchen knife and a samurai sword at the bus stop in front of Broadway Hotel along 202 Serangoon Road.

They then fled the scene in a rented car, leaving the victim in a pool of blood on the leftmost lane of Serangoon Road.

Passersby came to the victim’s aid before he was eventually conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital with serious injuries, including wounds on the back of his head, arms and legs. He is currently in stable condition.

Yahoo News Singapore understands that all the suspects and the victim are Singaporeans. The seven men are being investigated for the offence of rioting while armed with deadly weapons.

If charged and convicted, they may be jailed up to 10 years and/or caned.

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