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Spray claim

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PARTYgoers at a famous nightspot in Labasa claim that capsicum spray was allegedly used on them by police officers who were out on patrol on Saturday night.

A few partygoers who spoke on conditions of anonymity said they were sure capsicum spray was used during the club's closing hour, which caused coughing by patrons.

They said this form of action was a worry because it questioned the police's stand on securing public safety.

According to one of the club's patrons, people started coughing towards the end of the club opening hours when police officers entered the nightspot to usher people out.

He said people suddenly started coughing uncontrollably and it was scary because the club was packed.

Another regular visitor said he had to run outside to stop the coughing.

When contacted for a comment yesterday, divisional police commander Northern Senior Superintendent of Police Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said people needed to lodge their concerns and queries with the Police Standard Ethical division in the North.

He said the division was based at the Police headquarters at Namuka House.

He said people should not make such allegations but learn to raise their queries with responsible authorities and get their doubts cleared.

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