Updated: 12/11/2013 01:43

COI on riot to be formed by end of week

Photo: Ministry of Home Affairs

Photo: Ministry of Home Affairs

Acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean says the Committee of Inquiry looking into Sunday's riot will be formed by the end of the week. 

The names of its members and their terms of reference will also be ready by then. 

Mr Teo, who's also Home Affairs Minister, was speaking to the media on the steps that have been taken by the authorities in the aftermath of the riot in Little India. 

First, to ensure that things remain calm, an alcohol ban is in place and there is an increased police presence in foreign worker dormitories and where they congregate. 

Second, investigations are continuing. 

24 people were charged in court today, and the police have made further arrests. 

Mr Teo says the authorities will also look at the traffic accident that sparked the riot in detail and make sure it is also dealt with fairly. 

He says he has visited the troops at the Special Operations Command to express his thanks. 

He says they exercised restraint and avoided causing injuries to the rioters and bystanders. 

This allowed them to bring the situation under control without escalating or prolonging it. 

Mr Teo says it is important to have the capabilities of the SOC even as Singapore works hard to build social harmony and a safe and secure environment. 

Mr Teo also thanked all the Home Team officers who responded to the incident. 

He wishes a speedy recovery for those who were injured.

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