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Police Head Will Probe Complaint On Report

Divisional Police Commander Northern (DPC) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa will investigate a case where a Labasa Police officer refused to take a report by an 82-year-old woman.
20 Jan 2019 11:16
Police Head Will Probe Complaint On Report
Labasa mother Maan Wati wants Police to investigate why her complaint was not officially recorded earlier. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Divisional Police Commander Northern (DPC) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa will investigate a case where a Labasa Police officer refused to take a report by an 82-year-old woman.

SSP Waqa said Police officers were supposed to serve the public and not push them away or ignore them by not providing service.

“Such attitudes by Police officer, if proved true, are not good and we will surely carry out the investigation,” SSP Waqa said.

Maan Wati of Jaduram Street in Labasa said her daughter, Devina, was robbed by a man while working as a housegirl at a building in Labasa Town.

“My daughter came running to me because I live nearby and she said her phone, wedding gold ring, $20 and other papers which were inside her purse were taken by a man who entered the building and later ran away,” Ms Wati said.

“Then we went immediately to Labasa Market Community Police Post on January 15 (Tuesday) to lodge a report.

“There was a Police officer and he was eating ice-cream and when I told him what happened he said, ‘Hum tumar bhagwan nahi hai, jao khojo’ (I am not your god, go search).

My daughter is 54 years old and I am 82 years old. Imagine how we felt.

“We did go to search and found the phone in a cassava patch and purse in Labasa River and managed to recover everything, expect the money,” the mother-of-six children originally from Coqeloa, Labasa, said.

“We went again to Police on Wednesday and Thursday to report and the officer ignored us on both occasions.

“It was on Friday when another Police officer finally wrote down our report.

“Why I am reporting this to Fiji Sun so that the higher authority knows what their officers are doing and how much we suffer.

“If such kind of service continues you can’t expect justice in Labasa.

“I want to request the higher authorities to serve everyone equally as citizens of this country.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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