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A bus full of ‘tourists’ turned out to be plainclothes officers who conducted a surprise raid in the alleys of Geylang, nabbing more than 10 people in the operation.
The incident happened in an alley between Lorong 14 Geylang and Lorong 16 Geylang on Sunday (Dec 10) at 9.30pm, reports Lianhe Wanbao.
It is understood that there are many illegal stalls operating along the stretch and patrons would gather there to gamble.
A witness, Mr Liang, said that he was passing by when he saw more than 10 people walking to Lorong 14 Geylang.
He thought nothing of it, and subsequently spotted a tour bus which seemed to be ferrying some tourists.
Over 10 of these ‘tourists’ alighted suddenly and ran into the alley.
The other group which he had spotted earlier also suddenly ran towards the alley.
According to Mr Liang, the atmosphere was charged, and he heard several people shouting.
It was then he realised that there was a raid, and the ‘tourists’ were actually plainclothes officers.
The two groups of officers surrounded the alley, even as stall operators and patrons attempted to flee.
Mr Liang said:
“It was very tense.
“There were people running, and people chasing after them as well.
“I saw over 10 people arrested by the police.
“They were ordered to squat on the ground, handcuffed and led away.”
Mr Liang, who said that he is familiar with Geylang, added that he has seen the police conducting raids in Geylang but this is the first time he has seen them arriving on a tour bus.