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Police probe their own in brutal assault on Lautoka man

Acting Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed a team from Suva has been dispatched to investigate allegations of police brutality against a businessman in Lautoka Rajneel Singh, 32, an internet cafe owner, is admitted at Lautoka hospital with injuries he suffered after being tortured and dumped in Sigatoka by men he says were police officers. According to Mr. Singh, he […]

Navin Kumar

November 25, 2015 8:03 pm

Acting Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed a team from Suva has been dispatched to investigate allegations of police brutality against a businessman in Lautoka

Rajneel Singh, 32, an internet cafe owner, is admitted at Lautoka hospital with injuries he suffered after being tortured and dumped in Sigatoka by men he says were police officers.

According to Mr. Singh, he retrieved documents when a group of men used one of his computers about two months ago.  They did not log out after using the computer, and Mr. Singh found documents planning to undermine the Government and other prominent individuals.

Mr Singh says police officers started behaving strangely after he sent copies of the documents to Brigadier-General Qiliho and the Attorney-General’s office.  Brigadier-General Qiliho confirmed he had earlier met Mr. Singh to discuss the matter.

Speaking to the Fiji Times, Mr Singh said he survived the ordeal because his torturers thought he was dead:

I thought I was going to die and the only thing that was flashing in my mind was my family and what was going to happen to them

They covered my head with a cloth and told me they were going to charge me at the Lautoka Police station but we never went to Lautoka.

We drove for a long time in a white twin cab with a private number plate and when they took the cloth off my head, I did not know where I was.

Brigadier-General Qiliho, speaking to FBC:

You understand he’s made allegations against the police and that’s why I have kept the police in the Western division away from him and that’s why I’ve sent a team from Suva who are only the police team that I have allowed access to him.

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