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National Farmers Union President In Police Custody

NFU General Secretary Mahendra Chaudhry has strongly condemned the arrest.
19 Jun 2019 10:00
National Farmers Union President In Police Custody
National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal

The National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal was still in Police custody.

This was confirmed by Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro.

“He was taken into custody for allegedly threatening to disrupt the on-going harvesting season,” Ms Naisoro said, he remains in custody.”

National Farmers Union statement

A statement issued by the National Farmers Union (NFU) yesterday stated that Mr Lal was arrested at his home around 6pm on Monday.

NFU General Secretary Mahendra Chaudhry has strongly condemned the arrest.

“This is outright abuse of Police powers; resorting to strong arm tactics to intimidate union officials who are simply doing their work and responding to the call of their members,” Mr Chaudhry said..

“Let me warn the authorities that such dirty tactics will not deter the NFU from standing by the farmers and upholding their rights.”

The Fiji Sugar Corporation has confirmed that the Labasa Mill which began crushing on June 12  is operating as expected.

Since yesterday, it has crushed 1300 tonnes. Lautoka Mill is operating normal as well.

A statement from the mill said: “Operationally the mills are running well. They’ve only stopped in the recent past because of shortage of cane.”

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