Police issue clarification over Thaipusam spat caught on video

Police issue clarification over Thaipusam spat caught on video

Yahoo Singapore·2018-02-09 02:10

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has responded to videos posted on social media of an altercation between officials and a group of participants involved in this year’s Thaipusam procession. In doing so, the SPF also refuted allegations that its officers followed and filmed the group for 30 minutes.

The issue arose after Facebook videos of the incident posted by user Pradeep Thana earlier this week began circulating online. In the accompanying text, Pradeep claimed that a police officer along with a member of the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) had stopped a kavadi procession on 31 January and accused its members of singing too loudly.

In its response posted on Facebook on Wednesday, the SPF said that its officers – together with HEB officials – had intervened as the Thaipusam participants in question had broken the law by playing live music and amplifying their singing through portable loudspeakers.

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