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60+ Arrested After New Nabua Brawl

The group from Sukanaivalu were seen carrying iron rods, forks, knives, spears, and other dangerous weapons, said a concerned Public Rental Board resident
05 Oct 2021 11:56
60+ Arrested After New Nabua Brawl
Officers from the Police Special Response Unit behind a truck loaded with people taken into custody following brawl in Nabua on October 4, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

There will be no reconciliation!

This strong warning came from the Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho, in relation to the new brawl involving Sukanaivalu youths and Mead Road Housing youths which occurred yesterday afternoon.

More than 60 people are in Police custody for their alleged involvement in the brawl.

The Police officers were assisted by Republic of the Fiji Military Forces personnel in the arrest.

Videos circulating on social media showed a large group of youths were being escorted by the Fiji Police Force officers. Brigadier-General Qiliho confirmed that a large number of people were arrested following the brawl.

The Commissioner of Police has also directed the Southern Division Command to be tougher on the enforcement of the law with regards to the incidents occurring and not to entertain reconciliation.

A Public Rental Board concerned resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was concerned about the safety and security of his family given the risky number of brawls and incidents happening in the housing premises.

The resident alleged that Police were not capable of controlling the situation and this was due to the incidents occurring frequently.

“Our children are calling us and informing us that they are scared to stay home in these situations. “It has been happening for years,” the resident alleged.

“The youth group from Sukanaivalu were seen carrying iron rods, forks, knives, spears, and other dangerous weapons. The vehicles were also damaged.

“The culprits are well-known to the Police and yet this keeps happening,” the resident claimed.

Permanent Secretary for Housing and Community Development, Sanjeeva Perera, said the Board of Directors of the Public Rental Board was responsible for attending to all tenant-related matters which also included eviction of tenants where appropriate and necessary.

“We have shared our concerns on recent events at the Public Rental Board Mead Road Estate with the Board through the Chairperson and requested their urgent attention.”

Questions were emailed to the Public Rental Board acting general manager Patrick Veu, who is yet to respond.

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

 



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