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Boarding school assault: A student still in custody and is being questioned by Police

Boarding school assault: A student still in custody and is being questioned by Police

By Vijay Narayan , Semi Turaga
Tuesday 03/03/2020

A student is still in custody and being questioned by Police in relation to an alleged violent assault on a student of boarding school in Tailevu which was captured on video. Police officers from Korovou Police Station were at the boarding school last night and recorded the statement of the victim.

Police say the victim has confirmed the alleged incident occurred last year however investigators are looking into other aspects of the incident and whether the matter was reported after it was raised with the school authorities.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations, ACP Biu Matavou directed an immediate investigation to be done by the Criminal Investigations Department last night after the emergence of the video of a group of students bullying and violently assaulting a student.

The disturbing video which is widely being circulated shows a group of students taunting a student who is in uniform and they are then seen repeatedly hitting him with a piece of timber, punching him up several times and swearing at him in the iTaukei language.

People are calling for immediate action by the authorities.

Many are also alleging that many cases like this continues in some schools including some prominent boarding schools.

ACP Matavou is now awaiting the CID's investigation.

Police are seriously concerned about this incident and the CID team is now working to gather more details about the alleged incident.

Anyone who can help with information regarding this incident is requested to call Crime Stoppers on 919.

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