The police officer who was beaten by seven assailants at Nausori on the 16th of May in an apparent act of revenge after he ticketed one of the men weeks earlier for drink driving, has been re-instated.
Coupfourpointfive exclusively reported the incident of the gross human right violation on the 28th of May and showed pictures of Raj Shavendra Prasad. The interim regime’s censors had directed the media not to broadcast or publish the story.
Prasad was also beaten by three police officers of the Nausori Police Station, and was locked up in a police cell instead of the assailants who were well known to at least one of the officers.
He was also wrongly charged with theft of a mobile phone and denied medical attention.
Prasad was admitted to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital from the 19th to the 25th of May after being granted bail by the Magistrates Court. He suffered severe facial injuries, a broken tooth, internal bodily injuries and a hairline fracture to his skull.
Prasad’s termination letter was signed by Regional Police Commander Eastern Senior Superintendent Emosi Baleinuku. The letter dated 18th May stated he was being terminated upon the orders of Police Commissioner Esala Teleni.
But the termination has been overturned through the Force Routine Order – FRO – that is the official Police Force communication similar to the Gazette for the State. The FRO announces promotions, demotions, transfers, terminations and cancellation of orders like termination orders.
The Force Routine Order is released weekly and the FRO of the beginning of June cancels Prasad’s termination.
Signed by the Police Director of Human Resources, Senior Superintendent Pariniappa Gounder, it says "the termination in respect of Special Constabulary(SC 2494) Raj Shavendra Prasad of Nausori Police Station is hereby cancelled".
Prasad is still recovering at home and our sources say his wages have also been re-instated.