Updated: 02/24/2014 21:20

Foreign worker on bus give evidence at COI



Foreign worker on bus give evidence at COI

The public hearing into the Little India riot resumed this morning with the testimony of Indian foreign worker Ganeson Thanaraj. 

He was on the bus that was involved in the fatal accident that sparked the violence on December the 8th. 

Testifying before the Committee of Inquiry, COI, Mr Ganesan Thanaraj says another Indian worker, believed to be Sakthivel Kumaravelu, had said some unpleasant things while they were waiting for the private bus. 

He says he was queuing for the bus to take him back to his dormitory in Jalan Papan when an Indian worker walked unsteadily to join the line. 

Mr Ganesan says the Indian worker was told to wait at the end of the line. 

But Mr Ganesan says the Indian worker, believed to be Mr Sakthivel, walked to the front of the queue and asked loudly if Bangladeshis are better than Indians. 

Mr Ganesan says the Indian worker also asked him the same question. 

He says he felt that the worker was drunk, based on the things he was saying. 

Mr Ganesan says the Indian worker managed to get on the bus, but was later told to get off. 

He says no one touched or pushed the worker as he got off the bus. 

Mr Ganesan says it wasn't until two days later that he was told that the Indian worker was the one who died that night. 

He's the sixth witness to testify before the COI. 

The hearing continues.

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