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Calls intensify for independent inquiry into death of Sgt Uvaraja Gopal, alleged victim of racial discrimination in SPF

Amidst rising concerns, a group of individuals have demanded an independent inquiry into Sgt Uvaraja Gopal’s death, highlighting allegations of racial discrimination within the Singapore Police Force.

In a letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 24 July, the group drew attention to Sgt Uvaraja’s decision to take his life on Racial Harmony Day as a potential indicator of his intent to send a message about the struggles he faced.

Despite assurances from officials, public opinion leans towards an impartial investigation to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

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SINGAPORE: Concerns over the recent suicide of police officer Sgt Uvaraja S/0 Gopal Gopal have escalated as a group of Singaporean individuals penned a letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 24 July, demanding an independent inquiry into the tragic incident.

Sgt Uvaraja, 36, was allegedly subjected to racial discrimination and bullying within the Singapore Police Force (SPF), which he disclosed to a friend and para counsellor shortly before taking his own life on Racial Harmony Day, 21 July.

Among the signatories of the letter were notable figures such as Constance Singam, Dana Lam, Jennifer Yin, and Christine Pelly.

The group also sent a separate letter to the Straits Times forum on 25 July, which remained unpublished amidst other topical discussions on the platform.

The letter highlighted allegations of a long-standing pattern of racial slurs and bullying, which Sgt Uvaraja suffered for an extended period.

Notably, the letter draws attention to Sgt Uvaraja’s decision to take his life on Racial Harmony Day as a potential indicator of his intent to send a message about the struggles he faced.

The group emphasized the necessity for an independent inquiry, asserting that an internal review by the SPF would not be sufficient given the seriousness of the allegations against its officers.

They concluded by stressing the importance of such an inquiry in restoring public confidence in governmental institutions.

 

Meanwhile, a detailed account of Sgt Uvaraja’s experiences within the SPF was shared on social media by his close friend, Raj Naga.

The narrative included instances of Sgt Uvaraja’s complaints being disregarded, his transfer requests being denied, and an altercation with a superior who questioned the validity of his medical conditions.

Furthermore, Uvaraja’s post on Racial Harmony Day, shortly before his death, outlined allegations of consistent undermining, racial discrimination, and career sabotage.

He also claimed to have faced retaliation for whistleblowing activities related to illegal activities within his department.

Despite assurances by Home Affairs and Law Minister, K Shanmugam, that the SPF would conduct a comprehensive investigation, public opinion seems to be leaning towards the necessity for an independent inquiry to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.

On top of the letter, close to 1,000 individuals have signed an online petition calling for an independent inquiry on Change.org to ensure a more impartial and comprehensive examination of the late officer’s allegations.

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