Man caught on video assaulting MRT passenger arrested

·Editorial Team
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Screengrabs from the video capturing the incident, which was later circulated over social media.
Screengrabs from the video capturing the incident, which was later circulated over social media.

SINGAPORE — A 40-year-old man caught on video assaulting another male passenger aboard a Downtown Line MRT train on Sunday (23 May) morning has been arrested.

In a statement on the incident, the police said they were alerted at 10.13am to a case of assault at Little India MRT station. Officers from the Public Transport Security Command (TransCom) were sent to the scene but the people involved were no longer there.

The assailant was later arrested for public nuisance and will also be investigated for voluntarily causing hurt.

The police said that the man had been in a dispute with the 24-year-old victim that later escalated.

"The police would also like to advise members of the public to call '999' if they see an assault taking place. Videos of the incident should be shared with the police, instead of being circulated on social media platforms," the statement said.

A 14-second video circulated over social media showed a man in a black t-shirt viciously assaulting another man in the middle of a train carriage as it reaches Rochor MRT station. As the victim is seated on the ground trying to protect himself, the other man lands a kick that sends the victim to the ground.

The other man is then seen continuing to punch and elbow the victim while he is on the ground. The victim is also heard groaning as the assault takes place.

Several people in the same train carriage are seen watching the attack, although none were seen intervening in the video.

According to local media reports, the incident took place as the train was headed towards Bukit Panjang. A spokesperson for SBS Transit, which operates the Downtown Line, said a staff member had responded to the commotion aboard the train.

The staff member found the victim alone and offered medical assistance, although this was refused by the victim. 

Police investigations into the incident are ongoing.

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