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Call for probe

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A CIVIL servant of Lautoka has lodged a complaint with police seeking an investigation into why the apprehension of escapee Nacanieli Bakata on his farm in Vaivai caused the destruction of household items and farming equipment worth thousands of dollars.

Orisi Ravouvou, an employee of the Ministry of Pubic Works in Lautoka, claimed police officers involved in Bakata's recapture last Friday were overzealous. He said they destroyed and burnt household items, mattresses, crockery, farming implements and bedding for no reason.

"They questioned my son and I to find out if we knew Bakata and if we were harbouring him, which we both denied," he said.

"We did not know him and he must have just used our farm to hide from the police.

"We can't understand why they had to destroy all our household goods and farm tools after they caught Bakata.

"I want an explanation because I bought those things with my hard earned sweat."

Mr Ravouvou said unemployed youths in the area planted crops at the Vaivai farm to provide food for their families. He said no one was at the plantation when Bakata sought shelter there. "It keeps them occupied and also helps to maintain their agriculture skills. By destroying the beddings, household items and crockery, these youths will not be able to spend the weekends farming for food."

Police in Lautoka said they would not comment on the issue.