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Fugitive Strikes Fear in Family

  A Vatuwaqa family is living in fear after a surprise visit early yesterday from a fugitive, hunted by Police, for a series of alleged crimes. Avinesh Kumar Raj also known
28 Sep 2016 11:44
Fugitive Strikes Fear in Family
The car that was stolen from a businessman house by masked and later found in Vatuwaqa was recovered by Police. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

A Vatuwaqa family is living in fear after a surprise visit early yesterday from a fugitive, hunted by Police, for a series of alleged crimes.

Avinesh Kumar Raj also known as Vinesh Kumar Raj, who was earlier caught in the same location, but escaped from St Giles Hospital, was spotted in front of the family’s house in Nanuku Settlement.

The husband of the woman, allegedly sexually abused by Raj, said: “Today was not the first time he came to the area and tried to threaten my family.

Fearing for their safety, the family has asked the Fiji Sun not to reveal their names.

The husband said: “This morning around 4am, he came with a group of four people near my house in a silver Toyota Corolla registration EF 622 and knocked on my window with a knife.

“My wife and I woke up and saw Raj, who was wearing a red jacket, black pants and shoes with long hair and a beard. He was standing there outside the car holding a cane knife while the rest of the people with him were holding a crowbar, knife, and other tools.

“He then ran away with the group of men towards Fletcher Road but a few minutes later came back to take something out of the car and ran off again leaving the car abandoned.

“We called the Nabua Police Station. The Police officers came and inspected the site and later arrived with the K9 Unit and searched the area.

“Around 6am, the owner of the Toyota Corolla came to the area in a Police vehicle to look for his car. He said they were robbed at 3am this morning (yesterday).

“The owner said that they broke into his house, stole electronic devices, a few other household items and demanded the car keys from them.

“Last week, he came over and broke the wooden floor of my house. I heard the noise and woke up. I saw him running away.

“When I went underneath my house, I found a 1.5 litre Aqua safe bottle filled with kerosene and a matchbox. I immediately called Police and they investigated the matter,” he said.

Raj was admitted for evaluation after he tried to harm himself following his arrest in Vatuwaqa last month.

Using different aliases, Raj has been evading Police for some time while he is wanted for his alleged involvement in three alleged rape cases. There is also a bench warrant for cases of obtaining advantage by deception.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro, said: “Five masked men were involved in the aggravated robbery, stealing the car from a businessman’s house in Raiwaqa.

“We are still trying to verify the claims made by the family in Vatuwaqa but the investigation is still on-going.

“Patrol in the area will be beefed up,” Ms Naisoro said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

 

 


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