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Police assault claim

Litia Vulaidausiga
Thursday, August 28, 2014

A TAUVEGAVEGA man from Ba claims he was assaulted by police officers after a search for stolen goods proved futile.

Manoj Prasad, 29, said officers arrived at his house with a search warrant on Friday morning to look for items allegedly stolen from his former employer.

"They accused me of stealing from him and also accused me of burning his house" he claimed.

"I used to work for him but left him two weeks ago because he ill-treated me — I was a driver there. Police searched my house even though I protested and didn't find anything."

He said he was then taken to the Vatulau police post and questioned.

"I said I didn't steal or set fire to his house, they tied my chest to a chair with a rope and started beating me. There were two officers — they did not identify themselves and wanted me to confess then they will stop the beatings but I said I did not do it."

The complainant said he was then released but was not taken to hospital despite his injuries.

"I took myself to the Ba Mission Hospital and the doctor refused to give me the medical report, but said police would pick it."

Queries sent to the Fiji Police Force over the weekend remained unanswered.





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