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Families await news of duo

By TIMOTHY NAIVALUWAQA
Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A family is calling on the general public for information on the whereabouts of their father and 14-year-old neighbour who went missing last week.

Sheik Mohammed Shamsudean and his neighbour Navin Prasad, went out fishing in Momi, Nadi on Wednesday but failed to returned home.

Mr Shamsudean's daughter Farzana Mastapha said her father and their neighbour went out fishing on foot on Wednesday afternoon in Momi.

She said when the duo failed to return, the family alerted their nearby neighbours and villagers.

"It was unusual for the two not to return that evening," Ms Mastapha said.

"So as the procedure goes after 24 hours we reported the matter to police," she said.

"But the response we got from the police was not satisfactory as they made us the run around and gave excuses of no transport and that we had to give our statements twice to two different officers.

"This was frustrating for my family and my neighbour's family. We had requested police for a search and rescue team and also divers.

"But the response from police came on Friday midday."

Ms Mastapha said she had to ask assistance from media outlets in order to seek help from the general public.

"Police response was poor so I contacted the media outlets and asked if they had received anything on a missing person," she said.

"It was through the media asking police that it sped the force's action.

"All we are asking is for any member of the public who would know of some information as to where my father and our neighbour could be right now."


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