Indian gets death penalty in Singapore

Singapore: An Indian construction worker has been awarded death penalty on charges of murdering his fellow countryman here, local media reported today.

Periyasamy Devarajan, 20, who was accused of killing 31-year-old Raju Arivazhagan on February 8 this year, was convicted by a court on Tuesday, The Straits Times reported.

Devarajan, a native of Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, was in remand for one week before being prosecuted for murder charge, which carries a mandatory death sentence.

Arivazhagan was working in Singapore for past six years. He went missing on Tuesday last after celebrating the South Indian Hindu festival of Thaipusam in the Little India precinct. Later, his body was recovered by police from under a flyover Thursday last.