A resident of Camp Carol Kenya, Plaine Magnien was killed in an accident on the Union Park Highway on Sunday morning, July 2. Three policemen from the Plaine-Magnien police station are being held responsible for the tragedy. This is for arresting this suspect Rajsingh Ped Mookiah, 30, at his home and releasing him on the Union Park Highway. The three police officers, Shervind Jootoo, 31, Satyam Sharma Ruggoo, 36, and Rajiv Banarsee, 37, were arrested on the afternoon of Sunday July 2 and taken into custody. They were brought before the court in Mahebourg on Monday July 3. They are facing a provisional charge of Conspiracy to do a Wrongful act. They were taken to a cell.
This investigation is under the supervision of Superintendent of Police Mahendranathsingh Surnam, head of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Southern Division. According to a police source, the victim, who was intoxicated on the night of Saturday July 1, was causing a disturbance in the family yard. Following a request to the police, these three officers from the Plaine-Magnien police station came to “arrest” her. She should have been taken to the police station, but these officers took her for a ride in the police vehicle. Wanting to give her a beating, they left her on the highway at Union Park to walk home. On the way home, she was mowed down by a contract van.
At around 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, July 2, a team of police officers responded to a traffic accident on the southbound Nouvelle France highway. A white Toyota Contract van was involved in an accident near Parbeaux Hall. The 24-year-old driver, who lives in L’Escalier, collided head-on with a pedestrian. The pedestrian, Rajsingh Ped Mookiah, was found unconscious in a gutter on the left-hand side of the road. An ambulance from the Emergency Medical Service came to the scene of the accident to evacuate him to the Jawaharlall Nehru Hospital in Rose-Belle. Arriving at the emergency department at around 8 a.m., a doctor on duty could only confirm the death.
The van driver was arrested on a provisional charge of manslaughter. He spent the night in a cell at the Rose-Belle police station. On Monday morning, July 3, he was brought before the Mahebourg court before being released on parole.
At 11 a.m. on the same day, an autopsy was performed on the man’s body at the Victoria Hospital morgue in Candos. The autopsy, carried out by Dr Prem Chamane, Principal Police Medical Officer, attributed his death to a fracture of the spinal column at neck level and the severing of the spinal cord.
A preliminary investigation into the accident, supervised by Assistant Superintendent of Police Mamode Rasid Warsalee, established that the victim had been arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning, July 2, by police officers from Plaine-Magnien. The identity of the three policemen was established as follows: Shervind Jootoo, Satyam Kumar Ruggoo and Rajiv Banarsee, all residents of the south of the country. They were arrested and detained on the orders of Assistant Superintendent of Police Satiajev Callychurn of the Southern Division CID.
Shervind Jootoo was placed in the Alcatraz detention center at Central Barracks, Satyam Sharma Ruggoo in the Moka detention center and Rajiv Banarsee in the Piton detention center.