Po­lice Com­mis­sioner re­as­sures pub­lic not to panic but co-op­er­ate with them to keep com­mu­ni­ties safe


Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qiliho last night warned crim­i­nals: “We will get to you.” At the same time, the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner re­as­sured the pub­lic not to panic. He ap­pealed for as­sis­tance from the pub­lic in keep­ing our com­mu­ni­ties safe. Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qiliho, who has just re­turned from a con­fer­ence in South Korea, was re­spond­ing to the re­cent spate of rob­beries and con­cerns ex­pressed by Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama. Mr Bain­i­marama said out­side Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day: “Cer­tainly, it’s a worry. I will be talk­ing to the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner. I need to talk to him about the crime re­ported in the pa­pers in the last few days. It is a se­ri­ous con­cern.”

Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Qiliho said the pub­lic and Po­lice must work hand in hand. Po­lice rely on in­for­ma­tion by the pub­lic to track down crim­i­nals. Sec­ondly, he said, Po­lice would be ad­vis­ing peo­ple on how to keep their homes safe by tak­ing nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions. “We need to be proac­tive,” he said. He said crim­i­nals had changed their modus op­er­and. Crim­i­nals were now mov­ing from rob­bing ser­vice sta­tions to tar­get­ing in­di­vid­u­als in res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hoods. Those from the South­ern Di­vi­sion would move to the West to com­mit crimes, he said. The lat­est crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded the: „Car­jack­ing of a fam­ily ve­hi­cle in Kash­mir, Lau

toka „Ter­ror­is­ing of a fam­ily in Vatuwaqa by a figu tive, who with oth­ers, had ear­lier stolen a car in a rob­bery, Po­lice said. „Home in­va­sions from the Coral Coast to Ba „Break-in at a Hindu tem­ple in Waila, Nau­sori,

the ninth break-in in six months. The Shree Satya Sanatan Dharam Ra­mayan Man­dali com­mit­tee mem­bers are an­gry over what they

de­scribe as “mul­ti­ple acts of sac­ri­lege.” The mandir or tem­ple, which pre­vi­ously was un­se­cured, now has a pad­lock with chain. Tem­ple trustee Ajay Prakash said be­cause of the mount­ing cost of re­pairs, com­mit­tee mem­bers had put a no­tice out­side the tem­ple that “if any­one wants to rob the tem­ple, do not break in but just get the keys from the pres­i­dent to en­ter the tem­ple.” He said: “The com­mit­tee mem­bers even posted that no­tice on so­cial me­dia. “We are re­ally con­cerned about the rob­beries,” he said. “We are now look­ing for some­one who can look af­ter our tem­ple. We will build a house for the per­son near the tem­ple to look af­ter our tem­ple. If any­one is in­ter­ested please con­tact us. “We have re­ported the mat­ter to the Nau­sori Po­lice Sta­tion but no one has been ar­rested yet. “Tem­ple should be open for peo­ple to come and pray but we are now re­sort­ing to putting up a chain and pad­lock to pro­tect the tem­ple.

“The rob­bers break the ceil­ing, roof and win­dows and walls to gain en­try to the tem­ple dur­ing breakins. “We re­quest the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment and the Fiji Po­lice Force to act on the is­sue. “About $3000 worth of items were stolen from the tem­ple in past six months,” he said. FROM PAGE 1 Edited by Maraia Vula

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Shree Satya Sanatan Dharam Ra­mayan Man­dali (tem­ple) trustee Ajay Prakash, shows the dam­age to the roof that was cut open to gain en­try to the tem­ple in an ear­lier break-in in Waila, Nau­sori.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Shree Satya Sanatan Dharam Ra­mayan Man­dali (tem­ple) Pres­i­dent, Ja­nen Prasad, shows the win­dow that was forced open to gain en­try to the tem­ple in Waila, Nau­sori.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Shree Satya Sanatan Dharam Ra­mayan Man­dali (tem­ple) mem­bers Neel Singh (left) and Ajay Prakash shows the idol of their God that was dam­aged and thrown on the floor. In­set: Shree Satya Sanatan Dharam Ra­mayan Man­dali (tem­ple) trustee Ajay Prakash uses chain and pad-lock to se­cure the tem­ple gates.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Shree Satya Sanatan Dharam Ra­mayan Man­dali mem­bers Ja­nen Prasad (Pres­i­dent), Neel Singh (Com­mit­tee mem­ber) and Ajay Prakash (trustee) are an­gry with the act of sac­ri­lege nine times in six months.

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