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A 27-year-old man was arrested on Friday for causing public alarm after he left two bags unattended at Aljunied MRT station in Singapore.

The authorities said the police were informed about the unattended bags at the train station shortly after 10 am. The SMRT staff provided the information to the officers from the Bedok Police Division and Public Transport Security Command. They traced and detained the owner of the bags near the station.

Based on the preliminary investigations, it was revealed that the man had intentionally left his bags at the station and gone to a nearby coffee shop. Later, the two bags were found to contain personal clothing and food items.

The police said investigations are going on. If convicted, the man might be fined up to S$1,000.

Ever since the SGSecure movement was launched, this latest incident comes as the fourth case involving unattended bags at MRT stations.

In April, Wang Jianpo, a Chinese national, left a suitcase at the Hougang MRT station platform while he ran an errand, sparking a security scare that temporarily shut down the station. He received the maximum fine of S$1,000.

In another incident, two men were arrested in May for causing public alarm by leaving their bags unattended at the concourse of Aljunied MRT station while they went to the toilet. On Jun 7, a 34-year-old man was caught for the same offence after leaving a luggage bag at the bicycle bay of Admiralty MRT station.