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Attack on 3 buses

Torika Chandra
Saturday, August 23, 2014

BUS drivers that service the Kalekana area in Lami fear for their lives after three buses were stoned during the early hours of Friday.

Shore Buses Limited director Jasper Singh said youths that were travelling from Suva after visiting the Hibiscus Festival refused to pay their bus fares when they got off the bus at Kalekana.

"The bus driver recognised some of them and confronted them at about 3am. They responded by stoning the bus and damaging not just the bus but injuring a woman," Mr Singh said.

"This is an inappropriate behaviour and puts the lives of our drivers and our passengers at risk. We have estimated damages of up to $3000."

Mr Singh said they were going out of their way to continue servicing the Lami routes until 4am so people could enjoy the Hibiscus Festival and still have transport home.

He said while they had filed a report with police, he wanted police to be more proactive in situations like this especially with the Hibiscus Festival on.

"There should be more roadblocks and checkpoints. Police should know what to expect during this time because it's an issue we face almost every year.

"We want to continue our services but we need to also look out for the safety of our drivers."

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri confirmed they had received a report and were investigating the matter.

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