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Kashmir Residents’ Hope For A Community Police Post

Kashmir Residents’ Hope For A Community Police Post
Police officers, (from left), Corporal Maika Vunibuka, Corporal Samisoni Wea and Corporal Miliano Tuilawaki talk to resident Jitendra Singh (second from right) in Kashmir, Lautoka. Photo: Charles Chambers
January 27
11:00 2017

Following two incidents that happen in the area recently

Residents in Kashmir, Lautoka welcome the idea of setting up a Community Police Post in the area.

This was after a team of 13 Police officers conducted a hous-to-house survey in the area is week.

They received an overwhelming backing for the setting up of a community Police Post.

The Kashmir area, especially Ram Sami Reddy Road has been declared a ‘Red Zone’ by Police following two major incidents last year and this year.

The first was a carjacking incident on September 22 involving a family in which eight men are presently in remand for.

The second incident was on January 7, where a man was stabbed in front of a shop and a group was later seen on CCTV carrying cane knives in search of their assailants.

The Police officers were divided into groups and interviewed residents.

The officers said they had received a lot of calls by the residents for the setting up of a Police Post.

Businessman, Sanjay Lal, had offered to pay for the construction of a Police Post and pay the electricity bill for the post for his lifetime.

Housing Minister Parveen Bala has indicated his willingness to convert an empty block beside the shop to cater for the Police Post.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho had welcomed the idea but said he first needed to collate data and statistics before any decision could be made.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the group of Police officers were carrying the community policing work as requested by the new manager community policing for the Western Division Superintendent Petero Tuinirarama.

She said this work being carried out by the Police officers would be done all over Lautoka and were not concentrated on the Kashmir area alone.

Resident, Ravina Chand welcomed the survey and said she was praying for the Police post to become a reality.

“I have daughters at home and I am scared to leave them alone or even let them go to the shop now,” she said.

“I have been staying in this area since 1999 and it has completely changed for the bad,” she said.

Another resident, Jitendra Singh, said the move to build a Police Post was welcoming and hoped this would be done.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki




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