A LABASA taxidriver is counting his lucky stars after he survived an hour-long scuffle with two youths who robbed him on Monday night.
In an interview with this newspaper yesterday, Arun Singh said he was fortunate to have maintained his courage when he encountered the tragic incident.
"I picked up the two from town at about 6pm and drove them to Batinikama and when we reached a certain area, they stopped the taxi and attacked me," Mr Singh said.
"The one sitting at the back tried to pull my neck backwards and the other one sitting beside me in front punched me several times.
"I tried to defend myself and run but it was really hard because there were two of them. I thought I was going to die but luckily, a vehicle approached us and the youths escaped with $200.
"I then drove myself to the hospital even though I was badly injured and later reported the matter to police."
Mr Singh said this was not the first time such an incident had happened to him.
"In fact, this is the second time I have been attacked and I am worried that the safety of drivers who drive at night is something that is not seriously looked into by authorities.
"There are people out there who don't think of the drivers and they do whatever they want with them.
"Most of us drivers depend on the income we receive from driving for our livelihood and it's only proper authorities ensure our safety while driving at night so culprits are taken to task."
Divisional police commander northern SSP Fulori Rainibogi confirmed receiving a report from Mr Singh.
She said investigation into the matter had commenced.