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2 Indian-Origin Men Arrested For Lighting Illegal Firecrackers On Diwali Eve In Singapore

It is illegal to set off fireworks in Singapore without obtaining permission from the authorities.

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On the occasion of Diwali, when world over Indians were celebrating the festival of lights, two men of Indian-origin in Singapore's 'Little India' precinct were charged with lighting illegal fireworks and now face upto two years in jail besides a fine ranging between SGD 2,000 to 10,00 .

It is illegal to set off fireworks in Singapore without obtaining permission from the authorities.

Thiagu Selvarajoo (29) is accused of letting off dangerous fireworks while Siva Kumar Subramaniam (48) is charged with abetting him, The Straits Times reported on Thursday.

According to court documents, Siva Kumar allegedly placed a box of fireworks on a road divider on Gloucester Road shortly before midnight on Monday and Thiagu reportedly lit them.

The court documents did not reveal how the two men procured the firecrackers.

The two were arrested on Tuesday.

A video of the fireworks display made the rounds on social media.

Facebook group SG Road Vigilante (SGRV) posted the video on Tuesday afternoon along with a post which read, "Illegal fireworks being set off at Race Course Road. Singapore police officers can be seen rushing towards the scene." The post ended by wishing people a happy Diwali.

The roads are within the Little India precinct where large crowds of Indians gather on holidays and weekends.

The two Singaporeans are remanded and will be back in court on November 14.

PTI

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