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No military assistance

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THE military will not be brought in to monitor the cane belt area in the Western Division, says Sugar permanent secretary Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi.

Responding to suggestions by some growers, he said despite the alarming number of cane and bush fires in the division, the armed forces would not be deployed to the area.

"We have a Constitution in place now and everyone has to follow the law of the land," Lt-Col Vaniqi said.

"Accordingly, it is the role of the police to monitor these areas and bring to justice anyone involved in deliberately starting these fires.

"If the situation worsens, we may have to reassess this and see what best could be done to curb this illegal activity."

Sugar Cane Growers Council CEO Sundresh Chetty said the situation was out of control. He urged people travelling along the Kings and Queens Rds not to flick lit cigarette butts out of vehicles.








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