Crime

Police Ensure Safety and Security Of Benau Residents

Divisional Police Commander (DPC) Northern Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa said they were carrying out a special operation to ensure the people of Benau were safe and offenders were taken to task.
23 May 2019 15:06
Police Ensure Safety and Security Of Benau Residents
Ram Krishna with his daughter, Manisha Krishna, look at the damages done on his car at Benau, Labasa on May 20, 2019. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Residents of Benau, Labasa, breathed a sigh of relief after seeking Police help, but some are worried at how a group of men was able to create trouble in their neighbourhood.

But most are happy that Police have been told about the group of men gathering in the area at night as well as the alleged use of drugs.

Divisional Police Commander (DPC) Northern Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa said they were carrying out a special operation to ensure the people of Benau were safe and offenders were taken to task.

“A team is carrying out investigation and another conducting patrols around the area,” SSP Waqa said.

“I have met the complainants from five households whose properties have been damaged or stolen.”

On Tuesday Police arrested four people and more suspects will be questioned.

Over three days, five different households were attacked at Benau.

Some had their car windscreen damaged, coloured bulb lights missing from the veranda, idols and worshipping materials stolen from a temple and stones thrown on their rooftops during the day and night.

Puspha Lata, whose vehicle’s windscreen was damaged, said she feared for her life while staying alone in the house during the day when her husband and two sons went to work.

Her husband, John Sami, said after a Police team visited their place and carried out patrols on Tuesday, the roads were always clear and there was no unnecessary movement.

Another resident, Deo Chand, said a team of Police officers visited and told him that four people had been arrested and questioned at the Labasa Police Station.

“I am 58 years of age and I don’t know why someone would steal three car tyres and throw it in the jungle,” said Mr Chand, a driver of Bombay Trading Company.

Anwar Shah, a taxi driver, said he was now able to sleep in peace at night with his family.

“I have had to work like a watchman since after the incident was reported,” Mr Shah said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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