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Mr Sakthivel's death is widely believed to have sparked the Little India riots on Dec 8.

He was run over by a bus at the junction of Tekka Lane and Race Course Road. An angry mob soon gathered, leading to a riot.

The foreign worker was initially turned away from the same bus because he was behaving aggressively. He was also drunk, with a blood alcohol level three times above the legal limit.

Thirty-four police and rescue officers were injured in the riot.

On Tuesday, the Attorney-General's chamber ruled that the bus driver who knocked him down, Mr Lee Kim Huat, did not commit a crime.

The Committee of Inquiry into the riot will start on Wednesday.


Indian national Sakthivel Kumaravelu leaves behind his mother, 53, and younger brother Ramesh, 25.

Mr Sakthivel had been the sole breadwinner of his family. His father died four years ago.

A younger sister, 22, was killed just three months before his death. The family is in debt because of her dowry.

His brother, who used to work as a driver, suffered from a brain injury after an accident.