Stares, glares then fly­ing fists as two ar­rested for MRT fight

The New Paper - - NEWS - DAVID SUN

A man and a stu­dent in uni­form be­lieved to be from the In­sti­tute of Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion have been ar­rested for a fist­fight on an MRT train.

The in­ci­dent, which hap­pened on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, was cap­tured on video and has been shared widely on so­cial me­dia, with more than 1,500 shares since it was posted on the same evening on Face­book.

The two are seen shout­ing at each other in the one-minute video, taunt­ing each other and trad­ing blows.

As pas­sen­gers move away from the scuf­fle in the cabin, a woman can be heard shout­ing at them to stop.

At one point, an an­nounce­ment over the pub­lic alert sys­tem can be heard telling pas­sen­gers that the emer­gency but­ton has been ac­ti­vated and that staff are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The man, who is be­lieved to be a work­ing adult, is also cap­tured on video spit­ting in the midst of the scuf­fle.

The two can be heard ex­chang­ing taunts. None of the com­muters seen in the video in­ter­vened in the fight.

A po­lice spokesman said they were alerted to the case of af­fray at 5 Raf­fles Place at 10.48am on Wed­nes­day. The two, aged 16 and 25, were ar­rested.

The New Pa­per un­der­stands that the fight was the re­sult of a star­ing in­ci­dent, and that the two men did not know each other.

If con­victed of af­fray, they can be jailed up to a year or fined up to $5,000 or both. Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

david­sun@sph.com.sg

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