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Security officer charged after fake bomb exercise mismanagement in Ang Mo Kio

Security officer faces charges for leaving post during drill, failing to dispose of fake bomb, and falsifying records, leading to police involvement and public alarm in Ang Mo Kio.



On Tuesday (9 Apr), a security officer was brought before the court, facing four charges related to his conduct during a security exercise that involved a fake bomb at a location in Ang Mo Kio. The exercise was intended to simulate a bomb threat but led to real police involvement due to the officer’s actions.

The officer, identified as 46-year-old Durendran Vicknesh Venkatraman, is alleged to have left his assigned post during the drill to meet with friends and failed to dispose of the fake bomb as required.

Additionally, he is accused of falsifying the guardhouse log to indicate he was present when he was not, leading to the involvement of police when the fake bomb was reported as suspicious.

This incident took place in the early hours of 5 January, during a “red-teaming exercise” at 32 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2, designed to test security measures against potential threats.

According to the police, it responded to a call where a suspicious item suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device (“IED”) was found at 32 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2 on 5 January 2024 at 8.22am.

Police officers conducted security checks and the item was later established to be a fake IED and of no security threat.

The oversight resulted in the deployment of police resources and temporary restriction of access to the premises for over 100 individuals due to the ongoing checks.

Venkatraman’s case is scheduled for further hearing at the end of April.

If found guilty of causing alarm under the Protection from Harassment Act, he faces a fine of up to S$5,000 (approximately US$3,700).

The charge for being absent from his duty station without a valid reason could result in up to three months in jail, a fine of up to S$2,000, or both.

Providing false information to a public servant may lead to a six-month jail term, a fine of up to S$5,000, or both.

For falsifying records, the penalty could be as severe as ten years in prison, in addition to a fine.

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One of normal intelligence, wisdom easily dissect and understand why the PAP Administration can be Masters and God of sheeps for 50 years. Where to find a Sheepland like SG and a Sheep Master like the PAP.

BTW one shd not label the PAP as Shepherd.

Bully kechil!

Last edited 1 month ago by W.A.J.

I do not understand the situation. There is a security drill conducted by what I assume to be on private property by a private company. How did the police get involved? Who called the police? Should they not be the ones charged? Why is a security guard being charged? At most he should be fired for not performing his duties. But to be charged in the court of law for nonsensical crimes? Is this not a waste of taxpayer dollars? This is what the ruling government gets for inculcating paranoia among the general public. Any cardboard box must be a… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Blankslate

hello this is just a drill. No need to charge and waste taxpayers money lah. bodoh

It’s the SOP, classically practised throughout – the lower ranks always are blamed and punished. His superiors are never never never taken to task, never punished for not ensuring his juniors do their jobs properly.

When subordinates execute jobs and tasks poorly, is it the faults of poor training, poor instructions?