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TISI Sangam denies violence at meeting after Police intervention

National executives of the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam were elected unopposed at its annual general meeting (AGM) amidst protests which forced Police to close the convention a short while ago. National Secretary General Damend Gounder, however, downplayed the issue saying that there was no violence as reported but objections were part and parcel […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 28, 2016 2:55 pm

National executives of the Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam were elected unopposed at its annual general meeting (AGM) amidst protests which forced Police to close the convention a short while ago.

Police stops TISI Sangam Convention in Nadi today. (Anish Chand/Facebook)
Police stopĀ TISI Sangam Convention in Nadi today. (Anish Chand/Facebook)

National Secretary General Damend Gounder, however, downplayed the issue saying that there was no violence as reported but objections were part and parcel of every meeting.

GOUNDER: “They were just making noise. What is there to protest about? The TISI is not violent, we were very surprised as to why this thing was done by the Police.”

Mr Gounder said the National President, Sadasivan Naicker closed the meeting as requested by the Fiji Police Force and added that the main issues of the meeting had been addressed before the closure.

GOUNDER: “There were 700 people and five people made noise and Police came and asked us to close the meeting. There was no violent protest, that is rubbish. But anyway we had completed all our business.”

He said one or two minor details were left to discuss and the organisation will apply for the permit next week to finish off the meeting.

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro confirmed that Police had closed the meeting due to safety concerns.

NAISORO: “I can confirm that the meeting was stopped by Police due to safety concerns.”

The meeting was heldĀ in Nadi today.

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