A story you will not see or read in the Fiji media
A police constable who was denied a workmen's compensation by the Fiji Police
Force has committed suicide.
Before dying, Constable 3736 Alvin Prakash had repeatedly pleaded from his
death-bed to see the Police Commissioner Iowane Naivalurua.
Alvin Prakash was seriously injured while on duty in July 2010. After
questioning a drunk and disorderly suspect at the Grantham Road police post at
about 3pm, the suspect's father went to his nearby home and brought a
According to court documents, Prakash heard someone coming up the
front door. It was the suspect's father, Anasa and he had a cane knife in his
"Anasa struck Prakash in the head, on the front right side, severely injuring
him. He defended himself by trying to get hold of Anasa's throat but was struck
a second time. Luckily, the second strike missed the officer, and struck part
of the front door."
When Prakash was later examined, it was found that the skin where the injury
was, was cut completely, the skull bone had been penetrated, and there were
some bleeding in the brain. He had 22 stitches on his wound.
According to the prosecution, Anasa attempted to murder Prakash when he struck
him on the head with a cane knife.
The Fiji Police Force continued to employ Alvin Prakash and he lodged a
compensation claim soon after returning to work. Under Fiji laws, he was
eligible for a $28,000 compensation payout under the workmen's compensation
But the HR Department of the Fiji Police Force, whose director has changed four
times since 2010, last month rejected the claim.
so dejected he openly talked about taking his life. His colleagues failed to
listen to him. On Saturday, February 23rd, he drank 50 millimeters of the
weedkiller, paraquat, at his home and was taken to the Colonial War Memorial
He was scheduled to attend the Fiji Police Forces Excellence Awards
night; but decided to take his life instead.
On Sunday, his colleagues, some of them senior officers, went to visit him. He
told them his dying wish to see the Police Commissioner. Whether or not that
message was passed up the Fiji Police Forces Command Group or the Police
Commisioner, isn't known.
PC3736 Alvin Prakash died on Sunday night.