A 24-YEAR-OLD iTaukei student is in critical condition at the Tukavesi Health Centre in Cakaudrove after he was stabbed during an argument on Saturday.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said both the victim and suspect were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident on Saturday morning.
"The victim's younger brother was previously assaulted by the suspect whereby he had sustained injuries," said Ms Naisoro.
"Learning of the incident, the victim had approached the suspect in a drunken stupor and was allegedly stabbed by the suspect who was also said to be drunk at the time their argument broke out."
"The victim is now at the Tukavesi Health Centre and will be transferred to Savusavu Hospital for further medical treatment," she said.
Ms Naisoro pleaded with members of the public to drink responsibly during the continuing new year celebrations.
"This is the second alcohol-related incident so far and we plead with people to be rational," she said.
Ms Naisoro said the suspect was in custody and was being interrogated at the Tukavesi Police Station.