Indian-origin charged for lighting fireworks on Diwali
Four Indian-origin men were charged by a Singapore court on Saturday for lighting fireworks on Diwali. Lighting of fireworks has been banned in the country since 1972.The four men were involved in three separate incidents -- illegal fireworks in the housing estates of Yishun, Bukit Batok West and Joo Seng Road the day Singaporeans celebrated Diwali or Deepavali. A Hariprasanth, 18, Elvis Xavier Fernandez, 25, Jeevan Arjoon, 28, and Alagappan Singaram, 54, are accused of discharging dangerous fireworks. Also, two other Singaporean men of Indian-origin were charged over their alleged involvement in an illegal fireworks display in Little India on Diwali eve. Police said, the public is reminded that it is an offence to possess, sell, transport, send, deliver, distribute or import any dangerous fireworks. The police have zero tolerance against acts that endanger the lives or safety of others as well as cause undue alarm to the public and will not hesitate to take action against those who blatantly disregard the law.