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Police probe cases

Salaseini Moceiwai
Saturday, July 26, 2014

BUSINESS owners on Taveuni fear for their lives following a series of alleged burglary in some shops and taxis in Naqara over the past few weeks.

The latest incident happened early Thursday morning where a shop owner was taken by surprise after three armed men broke into his barber shop and walked away with some items.

The situation had the owners concerned about their business operations and most importantly, the lives of their loved ones.

Businessman Ronald Ram claimed his barber shop was broken into about 2.30am.

He said when he heard the noise, he went to his shop and was seen by one of the men who tried to attack him with a knife.

"I fell to the floor and the men fled with my items. I called the police and the officer who answered my call said they had no vehicle," Mr Ram claimed.

Later that morning, he said, police visited him, took his statement and inspected the scene.

"I was not satisfied with their investigation because they just looked around and went back. They didn't conduct a thorough investigation in my shop. I am worried because this kind of incident can cost our lives."

Another businessman James Swamy said the increase in this type of incident was becoming a threat to their business.

"We now fear for our lives because these incidents happened one after another," Mr Swamy said.

"We are worried about our safety and our business and we don't know what might happen to us if this continues.

"The culprits are still out there and we are in dire need of the police's intervention.

"So far, we haven't received an update from them on the progress of their investigations."

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said an investigation team had been deployed to the island to look into the matter.

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