Man charged after setting fire to bags of clothes at Kallang NPP

Man seen detained near Kallang Neighbour Police Post on 13 March 2020 (Photos courtesy of Jerome Simon)

SINGAPORE — Police have charged a 30-year-old man for mischief by fire on Saturday (14 March), after he set fire to bags of clothes in front of Kallang Neighbourhood Police Post (NPP) late on Friday.

However, while Sivaprakash Mailravanan had scribbled the word “ISIS” on the pillars near the NPP, police said that the incident was not terrorism related, as preliminary investigations indicated that he had acted alone.

In a news release on Saturday, police said that they were alerted to a case of fire at Block 105, Towner Road at about 11.10pm on Friday.

“Investigations revealed that the man set fire to a few bags of clothes using petrol/diesel in front of Kallang Neighbourhood Police Post and smashed the glass door of the NPP,” the news release said.

“The man was detained by Police officers at the scene. No one was injured. He will be remanded for further investigations and the Police will seek a court order to send him for psychiatric assessment.”

Preliminary investigations indicated that Sivaprakash acted alone and it was not terrorism related, but the act of a disgruntled person unhappy with perceived social inequality.

The incident was captured on video by several members of the public and posted on social media.

Sivaprakash was charged for mischief by fire under Section 435 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. The offence carries a punishment with imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine.

He is being remanded for a week at Central Police Division, as the case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department’s special investigation section.

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