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Military Guard Victim Of Alleged Police Brutality

An injured man is under military guard at Lautoka Hospital after he was allegedly assaulted by Police. Rajneel Singh, 32, an internet café operator in Lautoka, claimed he was “tortured
23 Nov 2015 11:49
Military Guard Victim Of Alleged Police Brutality

An injured man is under military guard at Lautoka Hospital after he was allegedly assaulted by Police.

Rajneel Singh, 32, an internet café operator in Lautoka, claimed he was “tortured with a hot rod” and dumped at a pine forest between Nadi and Sigatoka.

Acting Police Commissioner, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed Mr Singh had called him for help.

He said an investigating team from Internal Affairs in Suva had been dispatched to Lautoka to conduct an inquiry and report back to him today.

Mr Singh claimed Police officers started behaving strangely after he sent copies of plans to undermine the Government to Brigadier-General Qiliho and the Attorney-General’s office. He alleged he found the plans in his computer after the previous user had forgotten to log off.

Mr Singh said he met Brigadier-General Qiliho at Denarau when the acting commissioner visited Lautoka and discussed the alleged plans.

During the meeting, Brigadier-General Qiliho gave his telephone number to him.

Mr Singh said it was lucky that he had the acting commissioner’s number otherwise he might have been left for dead.

He said he then called him and reported the case.  He claimed the military picked him and brought him to hospital.

“Now they are guarding me to protect me,” he said.

Mr Singh said the acting commissioner had instructed the Police in the West to investigate after his initial report. He is married with a four-month-old boy

It is understood that Brigadier-General Qiliho is concerned about the alleged Police brutality.

This will be the first case of this kind to come to him since his appointment.

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