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Driver Thankful to be Alive

A bus driver, who escaped with injuries to his face and body, is thankful for being alive after being assaulted on Tuesday. Rajesh Prasad, 45, was allegedly attacked by three
20 Aug 2015 13:05
Driver Thankful to be Alive
Bus driver Rajesh Prasad. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A bus driver, who escaped with injuries to his face and body, is thankful for being alive after being assaulted on Tuesday.

Rajesh Prasad, 45, was allegedly attacked by three passengers on his last trip to Delainavesi, Lami on Tuesday night.

Mr Prasad said he had been a driver with Shore Buses Limited for almost two years and had never come across such a terrifying incident.

“I had dropped off all the passengers and only these three passengers were left,” he said.

“They were sitting behind me and when we reached Yasi Road, Delainavesi they started behaving strangely.”

Mr Prasad claimed that the three passengers were new faces in the area.

He said one of the men allegedly took out a knife and he was afraid thinking they would stab him.

He said the men took approximately $690 including his week’s wages.

“They pulled and tugged at my clothes and stripped me down to the waist,” a teary-yed Mr Prasad said.

“I was embarrassed, hurt and scared for my life and I kept praying they would leave me and go away.

“I had just picked my wages that day which was $155 and I was thinking of buying groceries and some school stuff for my two daughters.”

Company administrative officer Doreen Brown said they were concerned about the safety of their drivers especially during the festive seasons.

“The company is trying to provide service for the passengers especially for those returning from the Hibiscus and this is how the drivers are treated,” she said.

“There were no Police officers around and neither was any police patrol vehicle there; our driver could have lost his life out there.”

She said the company might have to increase their manpower by having an extra man accompany the driver especially at night.

Meanwhile the Fiji Police Force is calling on public service vehicle drivers not to carry large sums of money during the busy period.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro has confirmed receipt of the complaint and said they were looking into the matter.

“Investigations continue and we are waiting for the victim to record further statements as he has gone for medical treatment,” she said.

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