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Drunk Students At Komo Park, Samabula, Concern Residents

Residents claim drunk university boarders have become a problem in Samabula North. The Fiji National University hostel is located there. They allege that because of rules prohibiting alcohol on campus,
15 Feb 2020 10:26
Drunk Students At Komo Park, Samabula, Concern Residents
A broken slide at Komo Park in Samabula. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Residents claim drunk university boarders have become a problem in Samabula North.

The Fiji National University hostel is located there.

They allege that because of rules prohibiting alcohol on campus, boarders have been having parties at Komo Park in Samabula next to the hostel.

FNU said they had policies outlined in their student codebook, and students in the past had been taken to task for offences relating to alcohol.

A Samabula resident for more than 60 years, Arun Kumar of Ono Street, said the issue was not a new one and it started soon after students moved into the hostel.

“The drinking at the park happens early in the morning when the students return from the nightclubs,” Mr Kumar said.

“Music will be loud, they will be shouting. There are fights at times. This is something the neighbourhood does not need.”

Kabara Street resident Jagdish Chand said: “My concern is the consumption of alcohol in a public place.

“Most times these students, who are the so-called leaders of tomorrow, break bottles and leave it in the park, and as a consequence children have been hurt by these broken bottles.

“My grandchildren have been hurt.”

Another Ono Street resident, Leeroy Brown, said there were occasions when other people would join the students and this would later lead to fights.

“Sometimes, students would pass out and find their cash or phones missing. Police know what is happening,” he said.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said people could call the Southern Division command centre on 9905529 so officers nearest to the park can be deployed.

“Part of our operations include patrols of popular drinking spots when we conduct our early morning drills,” she said.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj

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