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A good deed

Avinesh Gopal
Saturday, May 10, 2014

IT was a normal evening for him until he received a call from a police officer.

The police officer asked him for assistance regarding an unclaimed body at the Lautoka Hospital mortuary.

Being a social worker, Faiaaz Ali did not hesitate to assist in whatever way he could to arrange a proper funeral for the unclaimed body.

Although it was a bit late on that Thursday (May 1), he said he thought about the unclaimed body and got into action.

Mr Ali, who is the Fiji Red Cross Society's Lautoka branch president and Lautoka Advisory Council chairman, contacted advisory councillors and the society's volunteers to arrange the funeral.

He also contacted Lautoka businessman Kanti Punja for the use of Lovu Crematorium to perform the final rites for the unclaimed body of Peter Prasad on May 3.

"The deceased was 45 years old and of Navatu in Ba. His body was at the mortuary for about three weeks and no one came forward to claim it," said Mr Ali.

"As the former Divisional Community Policing Commander Western, I was obliged to help the police when I got a call from them, asking to arrange the funeral for Mr Prasad.

"I thank Mr Punja for allowing the use of the crematorium and Divend Prasad of Suva Funeral Directors for waiving the mortuary fees."

Mr Ali also performed the funeral rites, including immersing the deceased person's ashes in the sea last Sunday.

"Since I'm a social worker, I found it my responsibility to assist the police in according a proper funeral to the deceased when I got the call from them.

"It's sad that no one came up to claim his body. He surely must have some relatives out in the community but I'm happy that I was able to accord Mr Prasad a proper funeral with the assistance of my friends and colleagues."

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