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Police team investigates break-ins at temples

Vishaal Kumar
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A dedicated taskforce made up of 20 Fiji Police Force officers are working round-the-clock to investigate the three temple break-ins reported in the Nausori/Nakasi area as well as an aggravated robbery at the Dignified Cremation Ltd in Davuilevu.

This was revealed by the Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho while speaking at the public forum on desecration of temples in Fiji at the Shree Gopal Sadhu Hanumaan Gadhi Mandir in Nakasi last night.

Brig-Gen Qiliho reaffirmed the force's commitment that every Fijian knew that they should never feel threatened to practise the religion of their choice.

"There are certain individuals that continue to target and intimidate our Hindu brothers and sisters and their place of worship," Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

"All efforts have been directed to investigate and also address the underlying issues that have resulted in these attacks on temples."

He confirmed there was a group of four men responsible for all the reports of break-ins in the Nakasi area and the police would not rest until they are all arrested.

He said the police would also carry out investigations on people who had benefited from these crimes or any way assisted the perpetrators.

Also at the event, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said there were some places in the world where people were divided by religion but not in the case of Fiji.

"We cannot tolerate this act of vandalism particularly when they have been carried out in places of sacred importance of our fellow Fijians," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

The temples that were vandalised and broken into were the Votualevu Tirath Cham Mandir in Nadi, the Vishnu Bhawan Temple in Naulu, Nagigi Naag Mandir Temple and Sadhu Hanumaan Gadhi Mandir.

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