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Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 10, 2013 MYT 8:28:54 AM

Traders pick up the pieces the morning after

Incurring losses: Two workers cleaning their stall while a policeman looks on in Little India. — AFP

Incurring losses: Two workers cleaning their stall while a policeman looks on in Little India. — AFP

Shopowners and residents affected by the riot in Little India were seen clearing up the debris from the violence, with most counting their losses.

Abdul Hakeem, a shop assistant at fruits and vegetable retailer Guru’s Marketing, said yesterday that it would most likely take him “all day” to determine how much costs he would incur.

“When I arrived this morning, I saw this,” he said, pointing to a pile of trampled vegetables at his shop front along Buffalo Road, a stone’s throw away from where the riot broke out at about 9.30pm the night before along Race Course Road.

A few doors away, the female shop assistant of a vegetable retailer, who refused to be named, said she came to work in the morning to find a mess of broken glass in front of her shop.

“It is what it is,” she said, when asked if her business would be affected.

Most businesses along Race Course Road were open as usual yesterday with restaurants starting to fill up by noon.

Groups of foreign workers were seen chatting among themselves at the nearby Tekka Lane, getting updates on what had happened.

Construction worker Roejan Raj, who stays in a rented room along Kerbau Road, said: “Everyone is still asking questions.”

Outside a Little India MRT station exit along Race Course Road, glass from smashed lights lay strewn on the ground and SBS Transit staff were seen covering the mess with white plastic sheets. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network

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