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Singaporeans donate money to Indians hit by gang attacks

world Updated: Jun 13, 2010 12:19 IST

Singaporeans have donated about 10,000 Singapore dollars to the three Indians, victims of a series of knife attacks that left one dead while two others sustained serious injuries, according to media reports.

More donations are expected as support for the families of the two injured and Shanmuganathan Dillidurai, 41, who was killed in the attacks two weeks ago, The Sunday Times reported today.

Egan Karuppaiah, 43, and Sandeep Singh, 23, the two injured are recuperating in a nursing home after being discharged from hospital.

They were stabbed and slashed on their bodies in the attacks by six foreigners from the east Malaysian state of Sarawak, three of whom are now facing death penalty for the murder of Shanmuganathan.

"They trust us a lot, so we have to be responsible to them. We want them to know that there is help for them," said Suzzane Nathan, an executive at the Migrant Workers Centre, an NGO which has arranged for their stay at the nursing home.

Shanmuganathan and Egan were the sole breadwinners of their families and worked here to support their sons' education in Tamil Nadu while Singh was working to support his parents in Punjab.

"Whatever happened to us is not good, but this is life. I just want to try and be positive. I’m happy I’m alive," Singh was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Singaporean Ang Jun Heng, a 19-year-old doing national service in the Singapore Armed Forces, was the fourth victim of the attacks.