Busi­ness­man of­fers to build Com­mu­nity Post at Kashmir

Qil­iho: Such ini­tia­tive from the com­mu­nity is en­cour­ag­ing.

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - CHARLES CHAM­BERS LAU­TOKA Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: charles.cham­bers@fi­jisun. com.fj

Abusi­ness­man in Lau­toka has of­fered to build a Com­mu­nity Po­lice Post at Kashmir, Lau­toka. The of­fer comes af­ter San­jay Lal’s shop was the cen­tre of at­trac­tion dur­ing an al­leged car­jack­ing in­ci­dent two weeks ago. His CCTV cam­eras had cap­tured the in­ci­dent, with at least eight sus­pects in­volved, recorded on cam­era. Mr Lal’s in­ten­tions has been wel­comed by the Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho. “The Fiji Po­lice Force has al­ways em­pha­sised the need for part­ner­ships with mem­bers of the com­mu­nity or groups that can help us fight crime,” he said. “This is why we have al­ways been ad­vo­cat­ing the Dua­vata Polic­ing ini­tia­tive be­cause by work­ing to­gether we will have more eyes on the ground, which will send out a strong mes­sage to those want­ing to com­mit crimes that we are watch­ing. “We al­ways have an open door pol­icy with re­gards to com­mu­ni­ties that want to work with us in set­ting up such part­ner­ship.” Mr Lal, the man­ag­ing direc­tor of Hari Lal In­vest­ments, is will­ing to pay for the con­struc­tion of the Com­mu­nity post and help with the monthly water and elec­tric­ity bills. The area Mr Lal is eye­ing is next to his shop on Hous­ing Author­ity land. Mr Lal said his shop had al­ready been robbed four times, but with the new CCTV cam­eras in­stalled, he said it was now safer for cus­tomers to visit the shop. “I mean there are other shops where th­ese men could still be on the run, but be­cause of the CCTV cam­eras, five have been caught,” Mr Lal said. The Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Praveen Ku­mar, has also in­di­cated that the land be­ing sought af­ter would have to be checked first to see what was its sta­tus. “How­ever if it can be used for the pro­posal then it would be done be­cause this would be some­thing good for the com­mu­nity,” Mr Ku­mar said. Mr Lal said the men al­legedly in­volved in the car­jack­ing in­ci­dent last week had come from the hill­side, be­hind his shop. “I was some­where and got a call from home that they were look­ing into my room from the foot­path,” he al­leged. “A Po­lice ve­hi­cle came and I think that spoilt any plans they had of en­ter­ing my shop and house. It just so hap­pens that that ve­hi­cle was there and they turned on the driver.”

Photo: Charles Cham­bers

San­jay Lal (left), with Kashmir res­i­dent Manaan at Kashmir, Lau­toka, yes­ter­day.

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