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Shop Owner Alleges Police Misconduct

Shop Owner Alleges Police Misconduct
Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro
July 17
09:22 2017

Police Internal Affairs is handling a complaint about the alleged misconduct of police in Vatuwaqa early this month from a shop owner.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said yesterday that the Police officers were being proactive.

The business owner Sushil Wati claimed that the Police had showed up at their shop in the early hours of July 2, and demanded that they close their shop after the owners took their time to show their business licence.

“However the step taken to ask the owners to close was a proactive measure because the owners when asked to produce the business licence failed to do so,” Ms Naisoro said.

“Proactive in a sense that a group of youths were gathered near and around the shop and the officers had asked the owners not to sell from outside their shop into the early hours of the morning,” she said.

She added that the officers were merely doing their work in being proactive and applying law as the owners were not able to provide the business licence when asked to.

On the other hand, Ms Wati argued that the reason of safety explained by the Police officers did not make sense.

According to Ms Wati the Police had checked on them two nights earlier (June 30) and had told them not to sell from their porch but from their store counter.

“They asked us to sell from the counter only and we started doing so, as we have a licence to operate 24 hours,” Ms Wati claimed.

Ms Wati said that on the day of the incident (July 2), the Police officers came to their shop and asked her son to close the shop and then rudely demanded to see their business licence.

“Our house is fully grilled together with the shop. The issue of safety has never been an issue here for eight years now because the neighbourhood here is safe,” she said.

“We have had one stealing earlier this year, but it is not regular.

“They came, and started telling my son to close the shop immediately without giving any reason.

“My daughter-in-law made her way inside the house to get the licence and before she could show them the licence, they had left.”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola


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